The Night the Fitz Went Down

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The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior some twenty-five years ago has been celebrated in song, story, and film. Now Hugh Bishop examines the main theories about what caused the loss of the "Big Fitz" and for the first time, cites the voice of the last captain alive who piloted a freighter on Lake Superior during that 1957 "storm of the century" that brought about the demise of that great ship and her crew. Blending history with human tragedy, The Night The Fitz Went Down gives the reader an informative, documented analysis of the event, revealing for the first time what may well have caused the tragedy. The Night The Fitz Went Down is "must" reading for anyone with an interest in the fate of the Edmund Fitzgerald and her gallant crew.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942235371
  • Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 623,917
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    A captain and his struggles with a storm of the century

    For anyone who lives in Minnesota they need to read this book about the most famous shipwreck on Lake Superior. This book gives great details about the Fitzgerald sinking, also examines the theories on why it sank. Hugh E. Bishop does a great job of interviewing the captain Dudley J. Paquette and getting specific details from the captain. Overall this is a great and enticing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    A book about a Captain that no lake boat is large enough to carry.

    This is a good book about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald once you get to page 80 or so. Prior to page 80 the book focuses on a ego driven captain on the great lakes that could do no wrong. He is very knowledgable and I agree with his theory and evidence about why the Fitz sank. His endless stories that have nothing to do with the Fitz is not why I bought this book. His stories talk about how great he is and how perfect he was as a captain. I feel that if he wants to talk about his career he should write a book about his career and not about the Fitz.

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