Nominated for 2007 Great Lakes Book Award and Finalist 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year
On November 18, 1958, when the limestone carrier Carl D. Bradley broke up during a raging storm on Lake Michigan, it became the largest ship in Great Lakes' history to vanish beneath storm-tossed waves. Along with the Bradley, 33 crew members perished. Most of the casualties hailed from the little harbor town of Rogers City, Michigan, a community that was stung with grief when, in an instant, 23 women became widows and 53 children were left fatherless. Nevertheless, this is also a story of survival, as it recounts the tale of two of the ship's crew, whose 15-hour ordeal on a life raft, in gale-force winds and 25-foot waves, is a remarkable story of endurance and tenacity.
Although the Carl D. Bradley has been called "the ship that time forgot", Black November recalls that tragic day more than 50 years ago and is a moving tribute to the ship and its crew.
The book is published by Michigan State University Press.
"Andrew Kantar's riveting account of shipwreck, tragedy, and survival captures the real life-and-death struggle of sailors caught in a classic Great Lakes November gale." (Thomas Farnquist, executive director, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society)
"Black November captivates readers, putting them right in the pilothouse of the Bradley during those fateful minutes before she 'took the plunge' to the bottom of Lake Michigan." (Frederick Stonehouse, author, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald)
"This remarkably clear account of the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley...is enriched by the description of events that led up to the disastrous end." (Dianne L. Monson, University of Minnesota)
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