- Series: Fesler-lampert Minnesota Heritage
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816680817
- ISBN-13: 978-0816680818
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 146 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Fesler-lampert Minnesota Heritage) Paperback – September 21, 2012
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A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region, Michael Schumacher is the author of twelve books, including biographies of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, and Eric Clapton, and the award-winning book Wreck of the Carl D. He has also written twenty-five documentaries on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses.
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That said, the book is a workmanlike, rational, thorough and readable account of the life and times of the Edmund Fitzgerald and some of those that sailed in her. It is a riveting story, well-told and pacy, telling much about the nitty-gritty of how such a mighty ship can sink. I highly recommend it for those fascinated by this sad true mystery of struggle and death on the freshwater 'sea'.
"When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck
Sayin' "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya"
At seven PM a main hatchway caved in
He said, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
I was a very young child when my Parents and I were up at Duluth-Superior and saw the recently launched Fitzgerald. I still have the 8mm film they shot with a slow pan of the entire length of the ship - a pan that seems to go on forever.
The author gives a good description of the continuing debate over how this ship could be claimed by Lake Superior and the controversy over the wreak site. I was not aware of the 'behind the scenes' actions until I read this work so it certainly added a good deal to my knowledge.
I would recommend this work to anyone who has an interest in the almost three hundred year history of modern (e.g. European/American vessel) shipwreaks of the Great Lakes.