Collectively, the Great Lakes cover an area of approximately 800 miles from east to west and 500 miles from north to south; they contain 21% of the world's surface fresh water. Storms on the Lakes with winds up to 60 miles per hour and waves up to 20 feet in height are not uncommon. While major storms are generally thought of as being the cause of ships lost, and indeed they are the primary cause, many other ships have been lost through groundings, collisions, fires, and naval battles. While most people today would guess that there have been 100–500 shipwrecks on the Lakes over the years, the actual number is 6,000+ with the loss of more than 30,000 lives.
Tales From The Depths
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
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About the Author
After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.
During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.
His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.
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