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21 awe-inspiring adventures

from the wild waters of the world

On the bottom, the hulk of the Fitzgerald lies at rest after plunging nearly 500 feet. Of interest is the Fitz's open door which is locked against the wheelhouse side with its large wheelhouse door handle in the upright position (see the handle to the left of the large door portlight)  Did a member of the crew survive the plunge, force open the door, dog it in place and exit Superior's dark depths? Read the intense account in Bold Sea Stories'  The Last Hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. 

Praise for Bold Sea Stories


"You can feel the cold, sense the shape of the waves, see the texture of the wood. Marlin has a pictorially vivid writing style. He speaks directly to you. You are there." ---David Turley, Delaware City, DE


"Knowing his are true stories, you let him draw you in and you find out why he had to share them. Marlin's curiosity draws him into situations with people and ships few have experienced. You know you are fortunate to witness moments in time that can not come again." ---Clare Wyngaard, Woodbridge, VA

The courage of the Sole Survivor is the remarkable survival tale of a seaman who fought to stay alive on an ice-coated open life raft from the sinking of his ore boat, the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell. The Bold Sea Chapter is fashioned out of the award-winning magazine article by the author published in The Ensign magazine. 

The doomed Edmund Fitzgerald faces its last hours in this remarkable documentation of the Big Fitz's sinking. Bold Sea Stories traces the theories afloat to explain why the big ore carrier sank. 

The Fitzgerald now lies in two sections at the bottom of Lake Superior. The Fitz's bow had dug in, never to rise again, and the entire ore carrier began a descent into the blackness at about 30 mph until it smashed at an angle into the bottom mud, then jolted back up again. Inch thick steel twisted and ruptured in the Fitzgerald's hull. 

Persistence is the 20-foot wood veneer - epoxy boat that the author crafted in his home over a seven-year period, tested in nearby White Bear Lake and then trailered it up to Adventureland -- mighty Lake Superior. Alone, he and his boat sailed into sailing's best-kept secret: the North Shore of Lake Superior and into the strange and beautiful World's Largest Freshwater Conservation Area. His adventures and those of some of the hardy North Woods sailors he met are chronicled in Bold Sea Stories.  

The Life Savers of Superior were the forerunners of today's Coast Guard. They went out in the worst weather that Superior could toss their way in summer and winter. Waves often swept on board and freezing spray would coat them. They were the heroes of the surf and you will agree after reading Bold Sea Stories' Warriors of the Storm.