The new book, Shipwrecked and Rescued by Larry Jorgensen, tells the unbelievable story, with historic photos, of how the shipwrecked crew of the City of Bangor, with its cargo of 248 brand new 1926 Chrysler automobiles were rescued from a severe winter storm.
On the night of November 30, 1926, during a winter storm, the City of Bangor, an ore carrier converted to an automobile carrier, was carrying 248 new Chrysler automobiles from Detroit, Michigan to Duluth, Minnesota when she was driven onto the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the northernmost point of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior.
Although most of the cars were in the ship’s hold, 18 of them, that were strapped down on the ship’s deck, were washed off during the storm, and sank to the bottom of Lake Superior. Chrysler wanted the rest of the cars removed and brought back to Detroit.
Over two months later, in February of 1927, when the water around the shipwreck froze, the salvage crew built a ramp over a pile of ice and snow and unloaded the vehicles. The book details how the men encountered four-foot-deep snow that they had to shovel by hand until they were stopped by 26-foot-high drifts.
You’ll need to read the rest of the story on how they accomplished the mission in this fascinating soft cover, 88-page book that is loaded with amazing historic photos. We couldn’t put it down until we read it from cover-to-cover. The book is available at online book sellers such as BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.
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