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Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This is the awesome story of the missing "ghost ships" of the Great Lakes, ships that disappeared, often in complete mystery, and were never seen again. The chronicle is a varied one: sometimes the cause was a titanic storm with huge seas and terrifying winds; or it was blinding snow that destroyed all sense of direction and massive ice that by its weight bore the ship ben ...more
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Published June 1st 1968 by Thunder Bay Press Michigan (first published January 1st 1968)
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Denise Stacks
Jun 30, 2014 Denise Stacks rated it liked it
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Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes was an interesting book. Boyer explains in his foreword that this book is about ships that have been lost in the Great Lakes, but the reason for their foundering was not known. He calls them "Ghost Ships." So, if someone came upon this book expecting paranormal stories they would be disappointed. Although, Boyer begins the book talking about paranormal activity relating to Great Lakes ships. Perhaps he too was trying to make the book more appealing, especially give ...more
Mary
Jan 29, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
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After reading this book I'm anxious to share a couple of beers with an old mariner and learn tales of the ghosts that lie beneath the waters of Death's Door. Boyer takes a kind of CSI-approach to stories of ships that were seen as they left harbor but never returned. He researched the crew, sizes, cargo, weather conditions, and eye witness reports to piece together what might have happened to cause their disappearance. Boyer writes: "A peculiar breed of men are drawn to the seafarer's life, but ...more
Molly
Dec 29, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it
Very interesting read!
Chris Demer
May 16, 2017 Chris Demer rated it liked it
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This is a compilation of many (actually too many) mishaps involving ships on the great lakes over the last roughly 150 years.
While somewhat interesting, the book became a bit redundant as it recounted episode after episode of gales and ship disasters.

The general takeaway (which was interesting to me) was:

There was (and still is?)a massive amount of commercial shipping on the great lakes. All types and sizes of ships were loaded with everything from automobiles to grain, wheat, corn, railroad tr
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Jason
Mar 15, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
This is a solid collection of short pieces by Boyer about ships that sailed from Great Lakes ports and never returned, mostly pre-World War II. It serves as a reminder of how fierce the lakes can be in the winter and how little control we can have over our surroundings.
Donna
Oct 15, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
Just amazing when you read about all the ships that have been lost in the Great Lakes.
Tana Wold
Oct 22, 2012 Tana Wold rated it really liked it
I love this kind of history. Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes have intrigued me since my first visit as a child to Lake Superior. Such mystery and intrigue of what happened to some of these ships.
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