Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes

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by Ed Butts
     
 

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In 1679, a French ship called the Griffon left Green Bay on Lake Michigan, bound for Niagara with a cargo of furs. Neither the Griffon nor the five-man crew was ever seen again. Though the Griffon’s fate remains a mystery, its disappearance was probably the result of the first shipwreck on a Great Lake.

Since then, more than six…  See more details below

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In 1679, a French ship called the Griffon left Green Bay on Lake Michigan, bound for Niagara with a cargo of furs. Neither the Griffon nor the five-man crew was ever seen again. Though the Griffon’s fate remains a mystery, its disappearance was probably the result of the first shipwreck on a Great Lake.

Since then, more than six thousand vessels, large and small, have met tragic ends on the Great Lakes. For many years, saltwater mariners scoffed at the freshwater sailors of the Great Lakes, “puddles” compared to the vast oceans. But those who actually worked on the Great Lakes ships knew differently.

Shoals and reefs, uncharted rocks, and sandbars could snare a ship or rip open a hull. Unpredictable winds could capsize a vessel at any moment. A ship caught in a storm had much less room to maneuver than did one at sea. The wreckage of ships and the bones of the people who sail them litter the bottoms of the five lakes: Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. Ed Butts has gathered stories and lake lore in this fascinating, frightening volume. For anyone living on the shores of the Great Lakes, these tales will inspire a new interest and respect for their storied past.


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PRAISE FOR SOS: STORIES OF SURVIVAL:
“…Butts writes with taut excitement … even readers who know about the big events will be caught by the passionate warning about global warming, and the stories of children today, in factories and sweatshops…”
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“His fast-paced journalistic style, compelling portraits of real-life heroes, rich historic detail and archival photos keep readers engrossed.”
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Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
For hundreds of years the Great Lakes have held the secrets to the mysterious fates of over six thousand vessels. It all began with the disappearance of the French ship, Griffon, which set sail on Lake Michigan in 1679 from Green Bay heading for Niagara. No one knows what happened to the ship or its crew, but they were never heard from again. Since that time, reports of mysterious and tragic events including shipwrecks, disappearances, and even sightings of monsters have continued to fuel people's growing fascination. For many years, saltwater mariners disputed the stories and dangers reported by the freshwater sailors, but those who worked the Great Lakes knew the real truth. Storms could blow in without warning resulting in thick fog, uncharted shoals and reefs could tear a ship apart, and rocky shorelines waited on every side. Sadly, ship owners often placed greed and profit before safety and it was not uncommon for captains to be pressured into sailing, even against their better judgment. Through the years, the tales and sightings of sea monsters have continued to be told by sailors, passengers, and other reliable witnesses. Today, the bottoms of lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior are littered with the bones and wreckage of those who sailed their waters. This entertaining book contains ten separate accounts of mysterious events that have taken place on these treacherous lakes. A short and fascinating book that will leave readers wondering what really lurks beneath these waters. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
Kirkus Reviews

Awash in mighty squalls, tales of heroism and melodramatic chapter headings like "The Lady Elgin: Death in the Darkness," these marine yarns recount the violent ends of nine of the more than 6,000 ships that have "left the bottoms of Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior...littered with their wreckage and the bones of the people who sailed on them" over the past four centuries. For added value, Butts heads each shipwreck chapter with a photo or image of the unfortunate vessel. He then closes with so many Great Lakes monster sightings that they take on an aura of authenticity just by their very number, an effect aided and abetted by his liberal use of primary sources. Younger readers who might get bogged down in Michael Varhola's more thorough Shipwrecks and Lost Treasures: Great Lakes (2008)—or turned off by its invented dialogue and embroidered details—will find these robust historical accounts more digestible and at least as engrossing. The bibliography is dominated by Canadian sources, as befitting the book's origin, but there's plenty here to interest American readers. (Nonfiction. 11-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770492592
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
403,633
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ED BUTTS is a writer and editor with a special interest in Canadian history. He lived for several years in the Dominican Republic, where he taught English and social studies and wrote regularly for local magazines. He has published several books of fiction and nonfiction and has written for numerous publications in Canada and the United States. Ed Butts lives in Guelph, Ontario.


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Fantastic book just top notch facts and mysteries it just blew me away