Graveyard of the Lakesby Mark L. Thompson
Pub. Date: 04/28/2004
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
For the first time, a historian and seasoned mariner looks beyond the specific circumstances of individual shipwrecks in an effort to reach a clearer understanding of the economic, political, and psychological factors that have influenced the 25,000 wrecks on the Great Lakes over the past 300 years. Looking at the entire tragic history of shipwrecks on North America's expansive inland seas, from the 1679 loss of the Griffon to the mysterious sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, Mark L. Thompson concludes that a wreck is not an isolated event. In Graveyard of the Lakes, Thompson suggests that most of the accidents and deaths on the lakes have been the result of human error, ranging from simple mistakes to gross incompetence. In addition to his compelling analysis of the causes of shipwrecks, Thompson includes factual accounts of more than one hundred wrecks. Graveyard of the Lakes will forever change the reader's perspective on shipwrecks.
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This book is excellent. Mark L. Thompson has thoroughly researched the history of Great Lakes shipping, the economic, political and natural forces that collectively produce shipwrecks on our inland seas. If you have ever wondered why there has been such a loss of life and property in the Great Lakes shipping industry, the author reveals the answers to you in this volume.