“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
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.