Mayday! Tragedy at Sea
The Sinking of the S/S Carl D. Bradley
and S/S Cedarville

by James L. Hopp
Rogers City, MI

© 2008 James L. Hopp
264 pages

ISBN 978-0-9799270-5-8 (paperback)

Price $18.95 plus shipping and handling

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About the book . . .

On November 18, 1958, the Carl D. Bradley, a 640-foot self-unloading limestone carrier, sank during a Lake Michigan storm. Thirty-three men perished, fifteen of whom were never recovered. Only two survived, First Mate Elmer Fleming and Frank Mays, a deck watchman.

Less than seven years later, on May 7, 1965, the S/S Cedarville sank in the Straits of Mackinac after colliding with a Norwegian salty, the M/V Topdalsfjord. At the time of the collision, the Cedarville was loaded with more than 14,000 tons of open hearth limestone. Ten Cedarville crewmen lost their lives, one of whom was never found. Like the Carl D. Bradley, the Cedarville’s home port was Calcite, located in Rogers City, Michigan.

Mayday! contains more than 80 photographs, illustrations and maps. It details the loss of the Carl D. Bradley, the rescue attempts of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the devastating impact the shipwreck had on Rogers City, Michigan, where most of the sailors were from. It further details the results of the latest deep-water dives on the Bradley wreck, which have sought to answer one of the greatest questions about the Bradley sinking – did the ship really break in two?

The book discusses the "nautical confusion" as the Cedarville and Topdalsfjord converged in heavy fog in the Straits of Mackinac, as well as the fatal navigation error which contributed to the deaths of ten Cedarville crewmen. The official U.S. Coast Guard Reports of Great Lakes’ tragedies are also included.



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