The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Frederick Stonehouse / Apr 26, 2019

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Peter L Waters has just finished his first year of law school at the University of Michigan With the help of Jamie Peter s bride to be he lands a great summer job aboard the Great Lakes freighter th

  • Title: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Author: Frederick Stonehouse
  • ISBN: 9780932212887
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • Peter L Waters has just finished his first year of law school at the University of Michigan With the help of Jamie, Peter s bride to be, he lands a great summer job aboard the Great Lakes freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald Determined to give his future bride the wedding of her dreams, Peter decides to skip the fall semester at law school to work aboard the ship If all goePeter L Waters has just finished his first year of law school at the University of Michigan With the help of Jamie, Peter s bride to be, he lands a great summer job aboard the Great Lakes freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald Determined to give his future bride the wedding of her dreams, Peter decides to skip the fall semester at law school to work aboard the ship If all goes well, the bonus he ll earn will pay for their wedding and launch their new life in style The decision will cost him his life Based on the actual sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which occurred on November 10, 1975, the last days and hours of the crew members including the captain, first mate, cook, a father and son engine room team, a lawyer hating deckhand, and Peter are imagined in this work of contemporary fiction based on a tragic reality in Michigan s history The Edmund Fitzgerald slipped below the waves that fateful November night in 1975, and her story remains one of great sorrow and mystery.

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      • Frederick Stonehouse

        Frederick Stonehouse has authored over thirty books on maritime history, many of them focusing on the Great Lakes and contributed to several others The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales are regional best sellers Wreck Ashore, the U.S Life Saving Service on the Great Lakes, won a national publishing award and is the predominant work on the subject Another book, Haunted Lakes, Great Lakes Maritime Ghost Stories, Superstitions and Sea Serpents, has opened an entirely new genre in Great Lakes study His book, Final Voyage, is the first Great Lakes shipwreck book for children He has been a consultant for both the U.S National Park Service and Parks Canada and has been an on air expert for National Geographic, History Channel and Fox Family, as well as many regional media productions Awards for contributions to Great Lakes maritime history have been received from Underwater Canada, Our World Underwater, Marquette Maritime Museum and Marquette County Historical Society He is also the recipient of the 2006 Association For Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation The Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual making a major contribution over many years to the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history in furtherance of the goals of the Association In addition he was named the Marine Historical Society of Detroit s 2007 Historian of the Year The award is the result of election by past MHSD Historians and recognizes persons who have actively contributed to the study of Great Lakes history He holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.


    574 Comments

    1. This book was great! After visiting White Point I've always wanted to learn more about this great ship! This book practically covered every bit of information that I wanted to know. I didn't know that at the time this was one of the biggest fresh water ships on the lakes. It's amazing that they never found anyone from the ship, it also amazes me that the bridge door was open and they never found anyone of any sign of life. The ship passed all of its inspections with minor offenses, why did the n [...]


    2. I bought this book years ago, and just never got around to reading it. I am glad I finally did. What makes the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald so intriguing is that there simply isn’t a lot known about what happened on that fateful, final voyage. Stonehouse did a good job of delineating between what was fact, and what was conjecture or speculation. The book includes the final reports from the National Transportation Safety Board and the United States Coast Guard, as well as a rebuttal from the L [...]


    3. I am very interested in Michigan/Great Lakes history and was excited to read this book for that reason, but I was disappointed overall with this take on the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy. The formatting and writing style threw me off - it was a technical information overload with few transitions or strong narrative themes beyond what’s common knowledge for those who have followed the shipwreck. There are a lot of great primary documents included, but I would have appreciated more focus on the vict [...]


    4. Really one of my favorite books. It has a solid, nostalgic hold on me. Factually good, I have no doubt. Just as a Great Lakes shipwreck buff, I refer to this book often. Written in a passive, bureaucratic way, but hey. I like it anyway. It holds up well to the included Coastguard and NTSB reports. Anyone who wants to know anything about the last few hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald should consider this book the Gold standard.



    5. Even though I was only a baby, I was present at the launch of the Fitzgerald. My dad helped build it at the shipyards in Ecorse, Michigan. The whole family took great pride in the ship, and the day it went down it was like a death among us. I bought and read this book a long time ago, and came across it recently. The underwater photos are haunting.


    6. The "SS Edmund Fitzgerald" departed Superior, Wisconsin near Duluth, Minnesota on November 9, 1975 with a load of taconite pellets bound for Detroit, Michigan. On November 10 the 729 foot Fitzgerald lost the struggle to a huge snow storm and finally foundered in crushing seas at the South East end of Lake Superior. The ore steamer broke in two and came to rest in 530 feet of water approximately 17 miles from Whitefish Point and the safe harbor of Whitefish Bay. All 29 crewmen were lost with no d [...]


    7. This is indeed a great place to start for info on the tragedy of the Edmund Fitz I like how the author presents both the Coast Guard and the Lake Carrier's Association reports, although sometimes his own opinions slip through and we get a dose of generalization and over-simplification in an otherwise 'unbiased' viewpoint.It is a very quick, exciting read, and well presented. The last moments of the ship are described by using the known communication between the Arthur Anderson and Fitzgerald (I [...]


    8. Detailed account of the Edmund Fitzgerald's history and it's shipwreck and search and rescue efforts. Lots of pictures, radio broadcasts and includes an interview the author gave to a magazine that includes his opinion on the cause of the wreck. It also discusses some previous wrecks in the 1918 time frame. There are many pictures in the book, as well as suggestions ships could do to prevent shipwrecks. There has not been a major shipwreck on the Great Lakes since the Edmund Fitzgerald went down [...]


    9. This is the most scholarly book about this tragedy that I have ever come across. Stonehouse takes great pains to distance himself from the events that took place in the lake they call Gitchee Gumee, and attempts to deal with the subject without bias. He touches on most of the popular theories on why the laker sank, and scalds the Coast Guard presence in the Great Lakes as barely adequate to even keep up pretenses of "Search and Rescue."That being said, the book is approx. 20% Coast Guard report, [...]


    10. This book is an interesting, if impersonal, combination of facts, conclusions (reproduces much of the Coast Guard and NTBS reports on the wreck) and the author's opinions of Coast Guard readiness. There's virtually no information about the crew. I think this is a good place to start for anyone who is interested in the fate of the Edmund Fitzgerald.


    11. Like many before me I knew Gordon Lightfoot's haunting song about the Edmund Fitzgerald and when I was on a trip to Michigan I went to the Great Lakes and in a gift shop I found this book. The book is very detailed with excellent maps. Well worth reading if you want a better understanding of the events that led to her sinking.


    12. I skimmed through much of the technical jargon in this book, but it was an enjoyably in-depth look at many aspects of "sea life" on Lake Superior. The mystery of the events surrounding the wreck are fascinating, and this updated version shows how the mystery persists.


    13. Amazing what a winter storm on the Great Lakes could do to a huge freighter. Great non-fiction book about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior in 1975. Mother Nature is not to be underestimated.


    14. Reviewing this on the 38th anniversary of the sinking. Very informative book on a piece of Great Lakes history that I mainly associated with a song! It's a fast read that will make you appreciate the lakes and the people who work them that much more.


    15. A well-written and well-researched book on the mystery of the 1975 wreck of a huge ship during a a terrible storm on Lake Superior. The entire crew died and no bodies were ever recovered. I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in this sort of thing.


    16. By far the most comprehensive account of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. An account of the facts with little argumentation of any one theory.


    17. I knew nothing about the wreck other than bits of the song. While a very factual, fairly technical (and somewhat repetitive) book, it's an easy read, and I ultimately found it pretty fascinating.


    18. This was great -- sad, but still great. I gave a speech about it at my Toastmasters club and they loved it. And no, I did not sing the song.



    19. Ever since I heard the song by Gordon Lightfoot I've been interested in learning more about the wreck. When I moved to Michigan I knew I must read up on it!




    20. By far the most comprehensive account of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. An account of the facts with little argumentation of any one theory.


    21. Lots of good information, but dry and rather technical. I'd like to have learned more about the people involved.


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