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Dive Deep Into a Great Read

Shipwrecks hold a special place in the hearts of many in the Great Lakes region. Stories of souls lost and ships gone missing are tales that captivate the young and old. Pick up a book and read these riveting tales.


Lost & Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks
V. O. van Heest. Holland, MI: In-Depth Editions, 2012.
The author and explorer takes readers back in time to experience the careers and tragic sinking of these ships, then beneath the lake to participate in the triumphant discovery and exciting exploration of their remains and the circumstances that led to their status as legendary shipwrecks.
https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9910135286202121 

Mighty Fitz: The Sinking Of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Michael Schumacher. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
Thirty years following the most notorious shipwreck on America's inland waters, an in-depth account of the 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald during a storm on Lake Superior describes the causes of the disaster, which claimed the lives of the ship's twenty-nine-man crew, the search for the doomed vessel, and the investigation and controversy that followed.

Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor: An Autobiography
Dennis Hale. Rock Creek, OH: D.N. Hale, 2010.
Known as the sole survivor of the steamer Daniel J. Morrell, which sank on Lake Huron in late November 1966, Dennis Hale shares his life’s story. He relates not only the sad story of the shipwreck and its aftermath but also his troubled childhood and his life as reckless young man in search of a sense of family.

Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea
Mary M. Cerullo. New York: Dutton Children's Books, Penguin, 2009.
This is the tale of two shipwrecks – separated by two thousand miles and two centuries. They share a common history of life, death and rebirth, and the author begins that history with underwater exploration, one a search for fabled gold, the other for families lost at sea. Find out what underwater explorers discovered in these sunken cities beneath the sea.

Titanic: A Fresh Look at the Evidence by a Former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents
John S. Lang. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
Lang examines the events of April 1912 from a completely new perspective – the standards of a twenty-first-century accident investigation. He uses his expertise and investigator's instinct to determine exactly what happened a century ago, and what important lessons still need to be learned.

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