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The Wreck of the Carl D.: A True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea (Hardcover)

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“This is an excellent history of the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley, a 623-foot limestone carrier caught in a violent storm in Lake Michigan. Enlightening and informative, the book shows the the sense of community within Rogers City, Michigan, and the devastation felt by the community most affected by the tragedy.”
— Dorothy Dickerson, Books & More, Albion, MI


By the author of "Mighty Fitz," the dramatic account of the sinking of the "Carl D. Bradley "on Lake Michigan, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the wreck.

At approximately 5:30 P.M. on November 18, 1958, the "Carl D." "Bradley," a 623-foot limestone carrier caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history, snapped in two and sank within minutes. Four of the thirty-five man crew escaped to a small raft, where they hung on in total darkness, braving massive waves and frigid temperatures. As the storm raged on, a search-and-rescue mission hunted for survivors, while the frantic citizens of nearby Rogers City, the tiny Michigan hometown to twenty-six members of the "Bradley" crew, anxiously awaited word of their loved ones' fates.

In "Wreck of the "Carl D.", "Michael Schumacher reconstructs, in dramatic detail, the tragic accident, the perilous search-and-rescue mission, and the chilling aftermath for the small town so intimately affected by the tragedy. A fitting tribute to a powerful ship, the men who died aboard it, and the town that still mourns its loss, Schumacher's compelling follow up to "Mighty Fitz "is a wonderful addition to the literature of the Great Lakes and maritime history.

About the Author

Michael Schumacher is the author of nine books, including Family Business, Francis Ford Coppola, There but for Fortune, Crossroads, Dharma Lion, Mighty Fitz, and, most recently, Mr. Basketball. He lives in Wisconsin.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781596914841
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: October 28th, 2008
Pages: 272