All Things Great Lakes

The Edmund Fitzgerald may be the most famous of all Great Lakes shipwrecks but other shipping tragedies on the lakes actually claimed more lives.

One of those was the November 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley. The 638-foot long freighter snapped in two during a violent gale and plunged to the bottom of Lake Michigan, killing 33 sailors. (The 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior claimed 29 lives).torn-in-two-cover-final

The Bradley disaster is the subject of a new book, “Torn In Two: The True Story of the Carl D. Bradley Sinking and the Challenges for Those Left Behind,” by Michigan based writer Eric Gaertner.

Gaertner’s book does more than recount a tragic shipping accident. He explored how the loss of the Carl D. Bradley affected Rogers City, a small northern Michigan community where most of the stricken sailors resided.

“Torn In Two” is a fascinating tale that will…

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