Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor's Tale

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On July 4, 1999, Marlin Bree was caught in the storm of the century that ripped through the boundary waters of Minnesota and across the Canadian north shores of Lake Superior. Winds on the lake were clocked at 100 miles per hour in a gale that many dubbed the “green storm” because of the unusual color of the sky. Although Bree’s treasured wooden sailboat was damaged, he continued in pursuit of his goal of sailing the largest freshwater island archipelago in the world. Interspersed with Bree’s own adventure are ...

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Overview

On July 4, 1999, Marlin Bree was caught in the storm of the century that ripped through the boundary waters of Minnesota and across the Canadian north shores of Lake Superior. Winds on the lake were clocked at 100 miles per hour in a gale that many dubbed the “green storm” because of the unusual color of the sky. Although Bree’s treasured wooden sailboat was damaged, he continued in pursuit of his goal of sailing the largest freshwater island archipelago in the world. Interspersed with Bree’s own adventure are the stories of other boaters’ experiences in storms on the Great Lakes, including the sinking of the excursion boat, Grandpa Woo, the survival of a man drifting on a storm-lashed raft, and the sinking of a millionaire’s yacht.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"His evocative narrative is both an adventure . . . and an anecdotal history of the lake. An enjoyable ramble for sailing aficionados."  —Booklist

"A fascinating and exciting story of one man's adventures on Lake Superior."  —Books for Travel

"A voyageur's tale of sailing solo, occasionally in dangerous dark seas, on Lake Superior. A lovingly written story."  —Baltimore Sun

"Bree and his Persistence dared greatly, struggled greatly, and had a worthy run, told with touching candor."  —Washington Evening Journal

"Captures once again the feel and wild spirit of one of the most beautiful but treacherous bodies of water in the world."  —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Books of Travel
A fascinating and exciting story of one man's adventures on Lake Superior.
Star Tribune Minneapolis
Captures once again the feel and wild spirit of one of the most beautiful but treacherous bodies of water in the world.
Baltimore Sun
A voyageur's tale of sailing solo, occasionally in dangerous dark seas, on Lake Superior. A lovingly written story.
Wilmington Evening Journal
Bree and his Persistence dared greatly, struggled greatly, and had a worthy run, told with touching candor. Bree is at his best when the lake was at its worst.
Library Journal
Bree (In the Teeth of the Northeaster: A Solo Voyage on Lake Superior), a former editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, describes his voyage along the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior from Grand Portage, MN, to Rossport, Ont. His vessel, the Persistence, is a 20' cold-molded plywood sailboat that he hand-built 22 years before. Several days before departing there was a break in the weather, and the 66-year-old sailor set forth only to be caught in the "Green Storm" his first day out. Though his boat was knocked onto its beam-ends, there was no damage, and he continued his journey. In this engaging account, Bree copiously describes the history of the area and devotes a whole section to the voyageurs of New France, whose 40' birch bark canoes once plied Lake Superior, but does not mention points of sail or sail handling. Recommended for public libraries bordering the Great Lakes. John Kenny, San Francisco P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892147042
  • Publisher: Marlor Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,544,852
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlin Bree (www.marlinbree.com) is the author of Broken Seas, Wake of the Green Storm, In the Teeth of the Northeaster, and the Boat Log & Record. He is co-author of Alone Against the Atlantic. He is a former magazine editor for the Minneapolis Tribune and a past president of the Minnesota Press Club. He lives in Shoreview, MN.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Storm Out of Nowhere
PART ONE: THE LAST VOYAGE
1. Dreams of the Islands
2. Getting Ready
3. Up the Shore
4. Fog-Bound at Grand Portage
5. Huzzah! Le Voyageurs
6. Last Battle of the Grampa Woo

PART TWO: STORM WARNINGS
7. Sail Plan
8. No Place to Run, No Place to Hide
9. Fight to the Island
10. The Welcome Island
11. Life on a Small Island
12. Riders of the Green Storm
13. Mystery of the Pits
14. Voyage to the Island of Silver
15. Rich Lives of Silver Islet
16. Lure of Loon Harbor
17. Smokey Waters
18. Aground!
19. Rainy Day in Harbor
20. A Storm Tale: The Sole Survivor
21. Lost in the Fog
22. Colorful Rossport Harbor
23. Wreck of the Guinilda
24. Rendezvous in the Slates
25. Grand Old Man of the Inland Seas
26. More Storm Tales: The Awful Green Sky
27. Mel Gibson's Mystery Boat
28. Last Days at Dockside
29. Superior's Farewell

PART THREE: EPILOGUE TO A VOYAGE 30. In the Wake of the Green Storm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    Lake Superior at it's finest!!

    Well written....first hand account of just how the 'Big Lake' can behave!! So well written,you do feel you are out there with Marlin....out there in the middle of the largest fresh water lake in the world in the middle of tornado-like conditions... It's been a long time since I have picked up a book which I couldn't put down! While reading, I kept re-living the events of 'The Green Storm', told exactly as it was!! Can't wait to read about the next leg of the journey around the big lake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001

    Not to be missed!

    Wake of the Green Storm is not to be missed! In the comfort of your favorite armchair you will be transported into scenes of terror, beauty, serenity and whimsey as Marlin Bree sails his 20 foot sloop, Persistence on the unpredictable and sometimes merciless waters of Lake Superior. He tells the story of how he and other boaters were caught in the July 4, 1999 storm which devastated the area with 100mph winds. The story of the green storm, as it came to be called, is interwoven with the people and the history of this vast body of fresh water to create a deliciously rich story. As a solo sailor myself, I was reminded of those gritty characteristics of all those who embark on solo adventures everywhere: preparedness, self-reliance, dogged determination in the face of adversity and most important, humility. Marlin is to be respected not only as an author and a solo sailor, but, for his ability to have it all, that enviable balance of family, work and personal passion. So, read and enjoy, but like the ancient sailors, beware the sirens that will appeal to you to seek out your own simmering desires and dreams. (-:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    Lived To Tell

    This remarkable true tale tells of a lone sailor (the author) quietly making his way up the rugged and wild Canadian north shore of Lake Superior on a July afternoon. It changes to life threatening mayhem in minutes. A freakish weather anomaly sprang up out of nowhere to engulf Marlin Bree in what has become known as 'the green storm'. I witnessed this same green monster and can attest to its maliciousness. While most folks dealt with its ravages onshore, Marlin had no choice but to face it down at sea. He lived to tell about it. You will live the adventure through the stories of Marlin and others, pounded by 100-MPH winds that whipped the rain and the lake into a seething frenzy. The beauty and size of this immense inland sea is overshadowed only by the unpredictable volatility of it's waters. This book is difficult to set down and will keep you wondering, what next.

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