“The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald” in the early evening of November 10, 1975, disappeared during a heavy snow storm on Lake Superior. Her captain and crew of 28 men are still listed as “missing.”
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a book about one of the Great Lakes most tragic shipwreck. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is another great Michigan Nautical book.
Author: Frederick Stonehouse
Paperback – 8.4 x 5.5
Number of Pages: 277
What readers say:
Just completed reading Frederick Stonehouse’s book (1999 paperback addition) and could not put it down! The various theories mentioned in the text give the readers a good chance to draw an intelligent conclusion on their own. The details of Capt. Cooper’s (of the SS Arthur Anderson) conversations with Capt. McSorely were an excellent way of putting us in the middle of the tragic situation. The interview with Steve Chandler of “South Shore” magazine was another useful tool in bringing up many points about the investigation of the Coast Guard, as well as zeroing in on small facts of the Fitzgerald that might have contributed to its sinking. Gordon Lightfoot’s lyrics and reference were of particular interest to me, as his hit song was the way I found out about the wreck back in 1976. My only complaint; put the captions on the same page as the pictures instead of making the reader thumb back and forth to figure out what picture they are looking at. Otherwise, excellent work!
This is a very good book about the Fitzgerald wreck. However, two things I wish the author had done:
1. Get off his soapbox about the deficiencies in the Coast Guard Rescue services in lake Superior. I think it needed mentioning, but not in the detail he chose. He also ignores the Canadian rescue facilities.
2. Label the photographs instead of making the reader refer to other pages to determine what they are looking at.
Otherwise, the book is excellent and was well worth the money.