Wreck of the Carl D.
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Wreck of the Carl D.

A True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea
Michael Schumacher
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/24/2010
Format: paper 264 pages, 30 b&w illus., 1 map
6.125 x 9.25 x .688
ISBN: 978-0-253-22258-9
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2011 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection
On November 18, 1958, a 623-foot limestone carrier—caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history—broke in two and sank in less than five minutes. Four of the 35-person crew escaped to a small raft, to which they clung in total darkness, braving 30-foot 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, Michigan, the hardscrabble town that was home to 26 members of the Carl D. Bradley's crew, anxiously awaited word of their loved ones' fates. In Wreck of the Carl D., Michael Schumacher reconstructs the terrible accident, perilous search, and chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town so intimately affected by the tragedy.

Author Bio

Michael Schumacher is author of nine books, including Francis Ford Coppola, There but for Fortune, Crossroads, Dharma Lion, and The Mighty Fitz.


"Schumacher . . . cover[s] the ship’s shaky state, the harrowing wreck and risky rescue with assurance and clarity. . . . By profiling the Carl D.’s crew and detailing their lives . . . [he] gives a human face to the tragedy, infusing the book with dramatic substance to match the riveting narrative." —Publishers Weekly

"Moving this narrative smoothly and vividly through a half-century, the author lays claim to the title of master popular chronicler of Great Lakes shipwrecks. A signal contribution of nautical Americana." —Kirkus Reviews

"Schumacher. . . writes with a steady hand, never letting the drama or emotion of the moment overwhelm the storytelling. A solid and sometimes heartbreaking addition to the maritime-tragedy genre." —Booklist

"Twenty-six of the twenty-eight men from Rogers City who sailed on the Bradley's last voyage did not return. Schumacher has given them and their ship the dignity of a well-told story and a quiet, scholarly memorial." —Bloom

"A well-researched and -written entry concerning the wreck of the 623-foot limestone carrier, Wreck of the Carl D. also explores the effect the sinking had on the community of Rogers City, home to 26 of the ship's crew members." —HSM Chronicle , Winter 2011, Vol. 33, No. 4

"Schumacher has written an exceptional book . . . carefully omitting the hype, mystery, and artificial drama so popular in the shipwreck media of today. He readily proves the point that an accurate story can be far more interesting and dramatic than fictionalized accounts." —
Indiana Magazine of History

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Table of Contents

Wreck of the
Carl D.
The Crew of the
Carl D. Bradley
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