9780472030637

The Cedarville Conspiracy: Indicting U.s. Steel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472030637

  • ISBN10:

    0472030639

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-03-14
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

On the morning of May 7, 1965, the American freighterCedarvillecollided with the Norwegian vesselTopdalsfjordin heavy fog in the Straits of Mackinac. Ultimately, ten crew members of theCedarvilledied and a legal battle ensued implicating U.S. Steel---the company that owned theCedarville---in the chain of events leading to the tragedy. TheCedarville Conspiracyis the story of that doomed ship and its crew. It is also the first Great Lakes history to expose the heroism, villainy, courage, and confusion surrounding theCedarvilledisaster. In atmospheric, cinematic style, L. Stephen Cox's gripping page-turner dramatizes the events surrounding the collision between the Norwegian and American freighters. As the mortally woundedCedarvillebegan to list and sink, U.S. Steel refused to allow the crew to escape to safety, while the captain secretly donned his life jacket and abandoned the sinking ship. Ten seamen died in the frigid waters that morning as the captain and survivors swam to safety. Researching the story, author L. Stephen Cox interviewed the surviving crew and their rescuers and attorneys, examined more than 20,000 pages of Coast Guard reports, and discovered deposition transcripts and other documentary evidence that detailed the deterioration of the ship, the captain's disregard of Great Lakes navigational rules, the company's participation in the decision to confine the men aboard the sinking vessel, and the subsequent efforts by U.S. Steel to manipulate the evidence.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Prologue 1(3)
Map
4(1)
Return to Rogers City
5(8)
Headquarters
13(6)
Fit-Out
19(11)
Icebound
30(10)
Topdalsfjord
40(7)
Arrivals
47(13)
Passages
60(9)
Turnaround
69(10)
Fog
79(10)
Approaches
89(21)
Collision
110(4)
Miscalculation
114(29)
Capsize
143(6)
Rescue
149(24)
Damage Control
173(22)
Limitations
195(7)
Troublemaker
202(6)
Intimidations
208(14)
Closure
222(5)
Epilogue 227(2)
Author's Note 229(10)
Bibliography 239(6)
Index 245

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