Many a Midnight Ship: True Stories of Great Lakes Shipwrecks

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Many a Midnight Ship brings to life the powerful history of the greatest northern waterway of the North American continent.

These fourteen stories illustrate the majesty of the Great Lakes and the tragedy bestowed upon its waters. From the "coffin" ship Atlantic, which foundered in 1852 along with some 300 lives, and which salvagers say still has millions of dollars of gold on board, to the burning of the Erie and some 250 Dutch immigrants, to the violent storm that tore the ...

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Overview

Many a Midnight Ship brings to life the powerful history of the greatest northern waterway of the North American continent.

These fourteen stories illustrate the majesty of the Great Lakes and the tragedy bestowed upon its waters. From the "coffin" ship Atlantic, which foundered in 1852 along with some 300 lives, and which salvagers say still has millions of dollars of gold on board, to the burning of the Erie and some 250 Dutch immigrants, to the violent storm that tore the Algoma apart off Isle Royale, where crew and passengers clamored for their lives only twenty yards form shore as treacherous currents prevented most of them from reaching land.

These stories recount not only the calamities the Great Lakes have seen, but the remarkable acts of heroism, courage, and survival that have arisen when humans defy nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472031368
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 4/19/2005
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,413,596
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Brawling on Lake Erie 13
The witch of November 30
Remember the Caroline 52
The Atlantic 74
The wreck of the Lady Elgin 91
The Michigan 107
Fire! 134
Alexander McDougall's whalebacks 156
Four mysteries 170
The Christmas tree ships 195
Unsafe at any speed 208
The convict ship Success 226
Death merchant 234
Survivors 251
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