The Coast Guard Wouldn’t Go Out.

 

The cutter Escanaba was being refit for war duty when the worst storm on Lake Michigan slammed into Michigan. It wiped out three freighters and killed 60 sailors, leaving only survivors aboard the tiny freighter Novadoc. This exclusive podcast includes two survivors as well as the men who rescued the crew of the Sinaloa. Listen as 126 mile-per-hour winds are detailed as 19 men are battered by 20 foot waves near Mears, Michigan. Three local fishermen did what many felt was impossible, plucking the 17 remaining sailors from the icy deck and returning them to the Coast Guard station in Pentwater.

 

 
A warm fall day turned to blizzard in minutes, paralyzing Lake Michigan

A warm fall day turned to blizzard in minutes, paralyzing Lake Michigan

Fishermen Joe Fountain, Corky Fisher and Capt. Clyde Cross

Fishermen Joe Fountain, Corky Fisher and Capt. Clyde Cross

Dave Trotter searches for accurate coordinates for the  William Davock

Dave Trotter searches for accurate coordinates for the William Davock

The  SS Sinaloa  wrecked near Sac Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The SS Sinaloa wrecked near Sac Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Novadoc’s  back was broken by the 126-mph winds.

Novadoc’s back was broken by the 126-mph winds.

Capt. Billy Allen of the doomed freighter  SS William Davock

Capt. Billy Allen of the doomed freighter SS William Davock

Coal still in the firebox of the  SS Anna C Minch

Coal still in the firebox of the SS Anna C Minch

A diver visits the bow of the  Novadoc.

A diver visits the bow of the Novadoc.

Crew of the  Novadoc  warm at the Coast Guard’s potbelly stove

Crew of the Novadoc warm at the Coast Guard’s potbelly stove

SAFE ASHORE is a documentary by Ric Mixter which shares eyewitness accounts to Lake Michigan’s worst gale. Buy the program here.