The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Eyewitness Accounts from the U.S. Coast Guard Hearings


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University of Minnesota Press
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6.0 X 1.5 X 9.0 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Schumacher has written four previous books on Great Lakes shipwrecks: Mighty Fitz, November's Fury, Torn in Two (all from Minnesota), and Wreck of the Carl D. He has written narratives for twenty-five Great Lakes shipwreck and lighthouse documentary films. He lives in Wisconsin.


"This was a very eye-opening read. Among the many hundreds of Great Lakes maritime books, I am not aware of any writers using the words of witnesses and participants in such a significant way. Michael Schumacher did an amazing job culling through all the testimony and then organizing and presenting the words of others in an understandable fashion with enough of his own interjection to link the testimony together. And it is ingenious how he encourages and then provides the readers with just the right amount of key testimony to be able to serve as juror and make their own determination of what caused this massive ship to sink. Well done!"--Valerie van Heest, maritime historian and author

"Thanks to The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald, readers are privy to the thoughts of crew members of other ships, not to mention ship designers, inspectors, naval engineers and search & rescue personnel, all of whom provided their perspective to investigators in the wake of the accident."--Failure Magazine

"If you think you have read everything there is that's worth reading on the Fitzgerald, think again. Once you start reading, it will be hard to put down."--Detroit Marine Historian