So Terrible a Storm by Curt Brown
A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior

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“Not since Sebastian Junger in The Perfect Storm has a writer captured so well the fury of the seas as Curt Brown.” —The Maritime Executive Through masterful research and elegant prose, Curt Brown traces the devastating intersection of nature’s fury and corporate greed. It was Thanksgiving week 1905, and the industry bosses wanted one last run before the shipping season ended; the bottom line depended on it. The tragedy that followed led to the building of Split Rock Lighthouse—and went down in history as one of the nation’s worst shipping disasters. The explosive squall caught nearly 30 vessels on Lake Superior. In the wake of the storm, weather forecasting and shipbuilding were forever changed. Drawn from the accounts of witnesses and survivors, So Terrible a Storm is a must-read.


About Curt Brown

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Curt Brown is a general assignment reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune where he has worked for twenty years. He has a BA in American history, and he has been researching this untold story for five years. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Published May 4, 2011 by Voyageur Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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"The Mataafa Blow" on Lake Superior left 33 boats swamped and more than 30 sailors dead. Star Tribune reporter Curt Brown tells the stories of the victims, the survivors, and the witnesses.

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