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Does anyone know any good books on Great Lakes shipping? I'm looking for something historical, it's such a FASCINATING era! Sailing the great lakes was very dangerous, but it was, and still is, a vital trade route. The ADVENTURES people had! There are still ships at the bottom of the lakes with their cargo. Recovering them would involve deep diving, or digging through sediment. It's possible that a few places they sunk are dry land now...
 

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One of the greatest shipwrecks on the lakes was the sinking of the Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan. She was rammed by the steamer, Augusta on a stormy night. About 300 people died. Students from Northwestern University and Garrett Bible Institute helped many survivors, still adrift in the lake, to get to shore. One of the students, Edward Spencer, saved 17 people before being dashed against the rocks. His injuries left him paralyzed. The high death toll was partly due to the panic that set in aboard the Lady Elgin. What's disturbing is that the Augusta kept right on going.
 
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