April 9, 2012

Great Lake shipwrecks

Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes
by Ed Butts

The Titanic sinking tends to overshadow other ships that have been lost at sea. And the seas are not even the most treacherous. The huge inland seas are filled with rocks, shoals and reefs, not to mention the sudden storms and unpredictable winds. More than six thousand vessels now litter the bottoms of Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. The most well-known of these is the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975. The Fitzgerald's story and that of eight other ships are told in this thrilling and often frightening book. The author also includes two tales of sea monsters that are rumoured to lurk in lakes Ontario and Erie. There aren't any blurry photos, but the details are still intriguing.

The book's concise length (80 pages) is perfect for weekends at the cottage.

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