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Book Title: So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior|
The author of the book: Curt Brown
ISBN 13: 9780760332436
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 834 KB
Edition: Voyageur Press
Date of issue: November 5th 2008
Read full description of the books So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior:It was Thanksgiving 1905 and thirty-one ships were on Lake Superior, making the season's last, daring run--a run old salts had warned against, but to no avail against the shipping companies' demands. What none of the sailors knew until it was far too late was that they would soon face the worst storm ever to hit the Great Lake, a storm that nearly half of their number would not survive.
This is the story of that fateful storm, and of one of the worst shipping disasters in the nation's history. As the storm strikes without warning, readers are taken aboard the SS Mataafa as it crashes into Duluth's piers, half of the crew freezing to death overnight as the other half survives by dancing through the dark around bathtubs set ablaze with scuttled pieces of the ship--all while 10,000 Duluthians set bonfires on shore to guide ships to safety. Next we find ourselves aboard the SS Ira H. Owen, crashing into the cliff where Split Rock Lighthouse would later be built, too late for these men. And here too are the many ships, from Canadian shores to Michigan, where all hands were lost. It is a story drawn from the accounts of witnesses and survivors. It is a tale of people pitted against the elements, of a disaster so extreme that, in its wake, weather forecasting, shipbuilding, and compass-reading in light of the Iron Range's magnetism were forever changed.
Read information about the authorA longtime Minnesota journalist, Curt won awards for his coverage of the Vikings, the US-Dakota War, the North Dakota oil boom and other topics.
He's written three nonfiction books: His 2008 "So Terrible a Storm" (Voyageur Press) chronicled a wicked storm on Lake Superior in 1905.
His 2012 ebook of a Star Tribune serial narrative examining the US-Dakota War of 1862, "In the Footsteps of Little Crow" climbed to No. 14 on the New York Times ebook bestseller list for nonfiction.
And his latest book, "The William Marvy Company of St. Paul, Keeping Barber Shops Classic," tells the story of the last barber pole makers in America.
Curt lives with his wife near Durango, Colo.
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