Torn In Two: The Sinking Of The Daniel J. Morrell And One Man's Survival On The Open Sea by Michael SchumacherTorn In Two: The Sinking Of The Daniel J. Morrell And One Man's Survival On The Open Sea by Michael Schumacher

Torn In Two: The Sinking Of The Daniel J. Morrell And One Man's Survival On The Open Sea

byMichael Schumacher

Hardcover | August 29, 2016

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Dennis Hale reached the dock just in time to see the Daniel J. Morrell heading out to open waters, a 600-foot freighter that had plied the waters for sixty years, carrying ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range to steel firms around the Great Lakes. The twenty-six-year-old watchman had, quite literally, missed the boat—which meant scrambling to rejoin the Morrell at its next stop or forfeiting a good chunk of his pay package. Seventy-two hours later, Hale would find himself clinging to a life raft alongside the frozen bodies of his crewmates in the violent waves of Lake Huron. The boat would not be reported missing for another twenty-seven hours and by the time the life raft was found, Dennis Hale would remain as the sole survivor of the wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell.

This is life-and-death drama on the inland sea as only Michael Schumacher can tell it. In Torn in Two the great Lakes historian recreates the circumstances surrounding the terrible storm of November 29, 1966, that broke the mighty freighter in half, sending twenty-five of the Morrell’s twenty-nine-man crew to their deaths and consigning the surviving four to the freezing raft where all but Hale would perish. At the heart of Torn in Two are the terrible hours spent by Hale on the life raft with his crewmen, clinging to life for thirty-eight hours in freezing temperatures and wearing only a peacoat, life jacket, and boxer shorts. The fight to save Hale and find the others, the Coast Guard hearings into what happened, the discovery of the wreckage—Schumacher’s vivid narrative captures every harrowing detail and curious fact of the Morrell’s demise, finally doing justice to this epic shipwreck fifty years past.

Michael Schumacher has published three previous books about the Great Lakes: Mighty Fitz, about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald; The Wreck of the Carl D., about the loss of the Carl D. Bradley; and November’s Fury, an account of the Storm of 1913, the deadliest in Great Lakes history. Dharma Lion—his acclaimed biography of Allen G...
Title:Torn In Two: The Sinking Of The Daniel J. Morrell And One Man's Survival On The Open SeaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 29, 2016Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816695210

ISBN - 13:9780816695218


Table of Contents

Prologue: Carelessness and Fate
1. Season of the Witch
2. Lost
3. Gauntlets of Hope and Despair
4. Public Autopsy: The Coast Guard Hearings
Crew of the Daniel J. Morrell
Marine Board of Investigation Report
Sources and Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"Schumacher provides depth and reality to the story that he tempers with engaging writing."—Great Lakes Echo

"For wreck junkies, this is a treasure trove."—Star Tribune

"This remarkable and tragic true story will be appreciated by those who enjoy Great Lakes history."—Green Bay Press-Gazette