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Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald


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ISBN13: 9780816680818
ISBN10: 0816680817
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The Edmund Fitzgerald, a colossal ore carrier, had been fighting her way through a pounding November storm on Lake Superior. Then the Fitz’s radar went out, and she started to take on water. Despite gale-force winds and thirty-foot seas, there was no reason to think the Fitz wouldn’t find safe harbor at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The last words from the Fitz’s captain, Ernest McSorley, was “We are holding our own.” By all indications, the crew had no idea they were in mortal danger before they plunged to Lake Superior’s bottom with no chance to call for help.

Michael Schumacher relates in vivid detail the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, her many years on the waters of the Great Lakes, the fateful final day, the search efforts and investigation, as well as the speculation and controversy that followed in the wake of the disaster. A fitting tribute to one of the largest ships to have sailed the Great Lakes and the men who tragically lost their lives, Mighty Fitz provides a comprehensive look at the most legendary shipwreck on America’s inland waters.

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A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region, Michael Schumacher is the author of twelve books, including biographies of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, and Eric Clapton, and the award-winning book Wreck of the Carl D. He has also written twenty-five documentaries on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses.

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Stephen Moore, February 5, 2013 (view all comments by Stephen Moore)
There are (at least) three very good things which result from finishing this book about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on 11 November 1975. The first is that I learned a great deal about that shipwreck, 'tho not its cause, which remains a mystery. The second is that I can cease singing the lyrics to Gordon Lightfoot's ballad in my head all day. And the third is that I can stop getting tears in my eyes every time I read a part about "the wives and the sons and the daughters" of the 29 hands lost that day. Michael Schumacher previously wrote a history of the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley in 1958 in Lake Michigan. In this later book, he relates the history of the Mighty Fitz and of her crews, the events of November 11th. the search for survivors, the investigation of the sinking, and the controversies which led to making the sunken ship a sort of memorial resting place for the bodies of the sailors. Lightfoot sang that "the legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee." The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is now and forever part of that legend.
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Schumacher, Michael
University of Minnesota Press
United States - General
Travel - U.S./Midwest
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History and Social Science » Geography » Reference
History and Social Science » World History » General
Transportation » Nautical » General
Transportation » Nautical » Ships and Ship History
Transportation » Nautical » Shipwrecks
Travel » North America » United States » Midwest

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