It was the storm of the century and one that would not be soon forgotten. To be caught in it on land was bad enough, but for sailors plying their trade on the Great Lakes the conditions were worse. In a storm so fierce that vessels capsized and landed on the lake bottom upside down, one can only imagine the horrors experienced that November. When all was said and done over 200 lives were lost and a number of ships sunk, grounded or damaged in some way. Entire crews vanished when their ships sunk beneath tumultuous waves, leaving only wreckage – and in some cases bodies – behind as evidence of the tragic fates met. To this day there are still unsolved (or unsolvable) mysteries surrounding the demise of several vessels, their last moments lost to history and to the crews’s loved ones left behind.
In a spellbinding narrative Michael Schumacher weaves a story of heartbreak and endurance as he takes readers into the heart of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. This is an event I have been wanting to know more about for quite sometime now, but had never attempted to locate a publication dealing with it. I stumbled across November’s Fury quite by accident and am glad to see Mr. Schumacher has tackled the subject. I have had the pleasure of reading other titles from Mr. Schumacher and was not disappointed with November’s Fury – he has a way of evoking emotion from the reader so that one can sympathise with the sailors who were experiencing the horrible elements. Admittedly, it started out slow but quickly picked up momentum. Highly recommend.
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