Ric Mixter The Wheelsmen

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The Wheelsmen

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Grab the wheel and hold on as you experience four shipwrecks through the eyes of the men who were at the helm. Includes eyewitness accounts of the Great Storm of 1913 (Ed Kanaby of the steamer HB Hawgood) and the 1940 Armistice Day Storm (Lloyd Belcher of the Canadian freighter Novadoc). Also features the 1965 deadly collision of the Cedarville at the Straits of Mackinac as told by wheelsman Len Gabrysiak. "The Wheelsmen" also includes the full story of the survivors of the Coast Guard cutter Escanaba, lost in a mysterious explosion during World War II. Based on interviews appearing in the documentaries "Final Run: Storms of the Century" and "Cutter Rescues".

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Ric Mixter is a former TV news reporter known for his ability to locate forgotten shipwrecks and their survivors. He is an award winning historian who has appeared on the History and Discovery Channels and has also created over 30 programs for Midwest PBS stations. Ric has dove and recorded over 100 shipwrecks including the Edmund Fitzgerald. His documentaries "Deep Six" and "The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations" are some of the best selling Great Lakes videos ever created and he is frequently asked to speak at colleges, elementary schools and historical societies all around the lakes.

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"The Wheelsmen" is based on the first TV interviews ever granted by the sailors featured in the book. Rather than rehashing old newspaper articles or previous shipwreck books, Mixter provides a true first-person account of the worst storms to hit the Great Lakes and the largest freighter lost to a collision on the inland seas. Also featured is a rarely told story of one of the Coast Guard's most famous rescue ships, which saved over 130 lives when the troop carrier Dorchester was lost to a German U-Boat. Perhaps even more important is the fact that three of the men have since died, leaving "The Wheelsmen" as the most factual account of their battle for survival. The book also includes the author's dive log, featuring a detailed account of eight shipwrecks featured in the book. Packed with photographs and maps, "The Wheelsmen" sets a new standard for Great Lakes maritime books. --lakefury.com

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