November 18, 1958: The Wreck of the Carl D Bradley

Steamer Carl D Bradley Rogers City Mich, photo by UpNorth Memories/Don Harrison Every year, I revisit the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10th. I do this because I remember the ferocity of the winds on the day of the wreck vividly from my childhood, because as a Michigander Lightfoot’s song is probably coded in … Continue reading November 18, 1958: The Wreck of the Carl D Bradley

#TBT: Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley

Carl D. Bradley, photo by John Rochon If you know of any shipwreck on the Great Lakes, chances are it’s the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. While that was no doubt a terrible tragedy, my vote for the most grievous loss is the S.S. Carl D Bradley which sank 56 years ago next Tuesday on November 18, … Continue reading #TBT: Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley

Michigan’s Titanic: The S.S. Alpena

S.S. Alpena, photo from Wikimedia Commons Over on Absolute Michigan we have a feature from the Archives of Michigan about two Michigan couples who were aboard the Titanic. I thought it would be interesting to see what the worst Michigan maritime disaster was. You might think it would be the immortalized Edmund Fitzgerald but with “only” … Continue reading Michigan’s Titanic: The S.S. Alpena

Remembering the Carl D. Bradley

Bradley – Color – 300 dpi, photo by Presque Isle County Historical Museum. 23 women became widows in that instant and 53 children lost their fathers. ~Rogers City resident on the sinking of the Bradley The Edmund Fitzgerald gets the majority of the attention when Michigan shipwrecks are discussed, but it can be argued (very … Continue reading Remembering the Carl D. Bradley


Taconite, photo by PhotoYoop. In some new pics of the Edmund Fitzgerald on the floor of Lake Superior that someone sent my way yesterday you can see some of the taconite that was its last cargo. According to, the Fitz was carrying about 26,116 long tons of National Taconite Pellets to Zug Island in … Continue reading Taconite

Whitefish Point Groyne Study

Whitefish Point Groyne Study, photo by Jeff Gaydash. Jeff writes: On November 10, 1975, the famous SS Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest freighters on the Great Lakes sank about 17 miles from this location in approximately the direction in which this groyne is pointing. All 29 crew members were lost. In case you’re like … Continue reading Whitefish Point Groyne Study

When The Gales Of November Came Early

When The Gales Of November Came Early, photo by siskokid. The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called “Gitche Gumee.” The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy. With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more than … Continue reading When The Gales Of November Came Early

Celebrating 360 degrees of Michigan Week at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Gothic Room from the SS City of Detroit III, photo by Mark Houston In celebration of Michigan Week (May 19 – 25, 2007), Mark Houston over at 360Michigan has posted new panoramas from four locations: the National Trout Memorial (downtown Kalkaska in front of the Kalkaska Historical Museum), the Michigan Fireman’s Memorial (near Roscommon), the … Continue reading Celebrating 360 degrees of Michigan Week at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum