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Manistique in Schoolcraft County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Carl D. Bradley

 
 
Carl D. Bradley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 31, 2017
1. Carl D. Bradley Marker
Inscription. The SS Carl D. Bradley was a self-unloading Great Lakes freighter. Built in 1927 by the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio, the Bradley was owned by the Michigan Limestone division of U.S. Steel and operated by the Bradley Transportation Line. On the evening of November 18, 1958, after unloading a delivery of stone at Gary, Indiana the previous day, the Bradley was upbound on northern Lake Michigan with water ballast when she encountered a storm with 65 mile per hour winds and 20-foot (6.1 m) waves. The ship was about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Gull Island when, around 5:30pm, the hull began to break in two. The first mate managed to radio three separate transmissions of mayday before the power lines aboard the ship were severed in two. An order was given to abandon ship but the Bradley sank before any life saving craft could be effectively launched. Alerted by a distress call, United States Coast Guard air and surface units and other commercial vessels searched for survivors throughout the night and into the next morning. At 8:25 am on November 19, the USCG Cutter Sundew located the Bradley's forward life raft 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of Gull Island with two survivors aboard — First Mate Elmer H. Fleming, 43, and Deck Watchman Frank L. Mays, 26. Throughout the night and the following days, the Sundew and other
Carl D. Bradley Marker and Bench image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 31, 2017
2. Carl D. Bradley Marker and Bench
vessels recovered 18 bodies, many of which were brought to city hall in Charlevoix, Michigan for family identification. In all, 33 crewmen lost their lives. In August 2007, divers John Scoles and John Janzen removed the "Bradley's" bell and returned it to Rogers City, where it was restored. A memorial bell engraved with the names of the lost crew was placed back on the Bradley two days after the original bell was removed. The wreck site is located 160 degrees SE and 23 miles off shore from this point.
 
Erected 2014.
 
Location. 45° 56.776′ N, 86° 14.12′ W. Marker is in Manistique, Michigan, in Schoolcraft County. Marker is on Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 2), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Carl D. Bradley Memorial Park, about 0.1 mile from the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Veterans Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Manistique MI 49854, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Christmas Tree Ship (approx. 5.1 miles away); Schoolcraft County (approx. 5.1 miles away); Christmas Tree Ship / Thompson (approx. 5.1 miles away); Thompson Docks (approx.
Carl D. Bradley Memorial Bench image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 31, 2017
3. Carl D. Bradley Memorial Bench
5.1 miles away); Life in a Lumber Town (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Mill Brings Prosperity to Thompson (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. SS Carl D. Bradley. Wikipedia article about the ship. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Steamer Carl D. Bradley. Memorial website to the ship and sailors, sponsored by the Presque Isle Historical Museum. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Carl D Bradley. Underwater video of the sunken ship. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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