Baker & Taylor Recreates the harrowing drama of a storm that ravaged the Great Lakes for five days in November 1913, sinking a dozen ships and drowning over two hundred seamen
Blackwell North Amer They have been called the world's eighth sea, and from the surface of the moon the Great Lakes are the most instantly recognizable feature on the North American continent. Because storms on the lakes erupt with a viciousness that caught mariners unprepared in the days before radio communication and modern weather forecasting, the bottoms of the Great Lakes are littered with the wreckage of more than six thousand ships. In November 1913 a storm of enormous power raged across the Great Lakes for four horror-filled days, sinking a dozen ships, damaging twenty-five more, drowning almost three hundred sailors and passengers, and wreaking havoc ashore in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan and much of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Ships Gone Missing re-creates the harrowing drama of the individuals and ships that fought to survive one of the most ferocious and costly maritime storms ever. Drawing on historical records, including firsthand contemporary accounts of survivors, Robert J. Hemming weaves the single strands of individual stories into a gripping tale of valor and courage.