Veteran Great Lakes mariner and nautical author David G. Brown has penned the definitive history of this four-day catastrophe and its far-reaching aftermath. His powerful narrative captures the human drama of this deadly Midwestern perfect storm. There are numerous unforgettable stories: Running out of lake, a nervous teenage sailor disobeys his captain’s orders and beaches a 414-foot straight decker, saving ship and crew… A small passenger steamer spends forty-nine hours buffeted perilously by the winds before its crew manages to secure a single mooring line to a tree… Two Cleveland dairymen brave driving snow and an oncoming locomotive to make emergency milk deliveries.
But all the stories are not so happy: Under a ship owner’s ultimatum, a heavily-weighted Lake Superior cargo transport departs into the heart of the blizzard—and is never seen again… People onshore listen helplessly as ship emergency bells sound in the distance, then become silent in the tumult…. On the deck of one ship, Brown writes, men were found frozen where they died, incased in ice so thick that it had to be chipped away. With firsthand accounts and contemporary news reports, he chronicles the destruction of this unprecedented storm: twelve ships lost and at least 248 sailors perished.
Brown’s White Hurricane is even more riveting than his well-received book The Last Log of the Titanic. In these pages, he cuts through the hundred mile winds and fifty-foot waves to render the story of humans struggling for survival.
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About the Author
David G. Brown is a nautical writer and boating expert. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master's License, and teaches professional-level U.S. Coast Guard licensing courses. Brown contributes regularly to Offshore and Boating World magazines and other marine publications, and is the author of six books including The Last Log of the Titanic. A lifelong Great Lakes sailor and commercial vessel operator, he lives on the shores of Lake Erie.
Table of ContentsPrefacePrologue, November 5, 1913 Wednesday, November 5 Thursday, November 6 Friday, November 7 Saturday, November 8 Sunday Morning and Midday, November 9 Sunday Afternoon, November 9 Sunday Evening, November 9Lake Huron Sunday Evening, November 9Lake Erie Monday, November 10 Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday, November 11 Wednesday, November 12 Thursday, November 13 Friday, November 14 Saturday, November 15 November 1913 Aftermath Summer 1986 Appendix 1. Captain Lyons' Letter Appendix 2. Lake Lore Bibliography Acknowledgments Index