Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

by Michael Schumacher
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Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher

Thirty years after the most legendary shipwreck on America’s inland waters, Michael Schumacher examines the productive life and untimely demise of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The disappearance of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains one of the great unsolved mysteries in maritime history. The specifics of what happened to the "Mighty Fitz" in the early hours of November 10, 1975, will never be known. What we do know: The Edmund Fitzgerald, a massive ore carrier, had been fighting its way through a pounding November storm on Lake Superior. She was losing ground - the Fitz’s radar was out, and she had taken on water in the midst of gale-force winds and mountainous seas - but there was no reason to think she wouldn’t find safe harbor at Whitefish Point, Michigan. Last word from the ship’s captain: "We are holding our own." Suddenly the ship disappeared from radar. By all indications, the 29-man crew had no idea they were in mortal danger, and they nosedived to Lake Superior’s bottom before they could call for help. A massive search ensued but failed to find a single survivor.

Michael Schumacher relays in vivid detail the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, its many productive years on the waters of the Great Lakes, its tragic demise, the search effort and investigation, as well as the speculation and the controversy that followed in the wake of the disaster.

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ISBN-13: 9781582346472
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Michael Schumacher is the author of six books, including Family Business, Francis Ford Coppola, There but for fortune, Crossroads, and Dharma Lion. He lives in Wisconsin.

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Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased with this book. Without a doubt ,Itis the best I have read so far. I imagine there will be others but So FAR , MIGHTY FITZ has my vote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Schumacher recounts how the super-freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald" went down with all hands during a monster storm on Lake Superior nearly 40 years ago. His narrative moves along briskly, and he tells a tragic tale with respect for the victims and their families. Lots of interesting detail on how ships are made and what they can be expected to do in the roughest seas. A really good story well-told by a master storyteller.
Gregor1066 More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on the SS Edmund Fritzgerald and this is one of the good ones. It not only provides the story of the Fritz, it adds to the Witch of November story by discussing the Bradley and the Morrell sinkings. It provided all sides of the theory regarding her sinking and quite frankly, I am among the "bottomed out" supporters. Having dove on the SS Regina (victim of the 1913 strom and turned turtle), I could envision the strength of the stroy and the final moments of the ships and crews lives. Wonderful read and another great stroy of the Great Lakes. Superior in this case.
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r8zorback More than 1 year ago
This is a tale that has been on TV and documented in several books and invistigations. Yet, thee is no real answer to what actually happened to send 29 men to a cold and watery grave only 15 miles from safety. Most know the story, but this version seems to look deeper into the men who lived the life of a Great Lakes Sailor. I feel I hve to travel to Whitefish Bay and see it with my own eyes after reading this very interesting and human sory of a terrible tragedy.
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Christine Gustafson More than 1 year ago
There are much better books on the fitz the gales of november is a good one. The mighty fitz talks more about other ships then the fitz for instance there was at least one capter when there were 7 pages on the bradley.