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For the first time, a historian and seasoned mariner looks beyond the specific circumstances of individual shipwrecks in an effort to reach a clearer understanding of the economic, political, and psychological factors that have influenced the 25,000 wrecks on the Great Lakes over the past 300 years. Looking at the entire tragic history of shipwrecks on North America's expansive inland seas, from the 1679 loss of the Griffon to the mysterious sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, Mark L. Thompson concludes that a wreck is not an isolated event. In Graveyard of the Lakes, Thompson suggests that most of the accidents and deaths on the lakes have been the result of human error, ranging from simple mistakes to gross incompetence. In addition to his compelling analysis of the causes of shipwrecks, Thompson includes factual accounts of more than 100 wrecks. Graveyard of the Lakes will forever change the listener's perspective on shipwrecks.

The book is published by Wayne State University Press.

©2000 Wayne State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

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"Mark Thompson graphically blends aspects of history and human nature with a broad view of economics, politics, and marine technical advance." (Bradley A. Rogers, East Carolina University)

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  • 11-02-18

Graveyard of the Lakes

This is a heart breaking and frustrating history to listen to. It is upsetting to know that not much has changed in the life of Captains and sailors. Once again money rules over safety. A long book but worth it.

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  • Lorena L.
  • 10-04-18

Great Shipping History

fascinating history of shipwrecks on the great lakes. lots of detail and personal accounts - great info on the mindset of Coast Guard and the industry