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SS Carl D. Bradley Shipwreck Memorial & Crew
Birth: 1927, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1958
Michigan, USA

"Queen of the Lakes"

Thank You for visiting the crew of the Carl D. Bradley and the ship. Your remembrance of this good crew is very much appreciated. God bless.

Built in1923-1927 and launched April 9, 1927 in Lorain, Ohio, the SS Carl D. Bradley was the largest self-unloading steamer of her day. Her duty was to carry limestone, coal, and other bulk material on the Great Lakes. The Bradley set many records in her time and was called the "Queen of the Lakes." Though the Bradley's registered port was New York City everyone knew her home port was the port city of Rogers City, Michigan, where most of her crew were from.
On November 18, 1958 after leaving the Port of Gary in lower Lake Michigan while bound for the home port of Rogers City the Bradley was hit by gale force winds and heavy seas. As the ship and crew reached the northern part of the lake she gave out distress signals which were heard by the Coast Guard and the German motor vessel, the Christian Sartor, which was near by, both rushed to the aid of the crew. Later eight commercial vessels arrived to aid in the search.
At about 5:30 pm after taking a horrifying beating from the force of the storm the 638 foot steamer split in two, sinking within minutes. As the Bradley quickly sank the brave Captain and a few loyal crewmen were last seen standing on the bow of the ship by survivors. The ship sank in Lake Michigan off of Gull Island taking the lives of 33 crewmen with her:Capt. Roland Bryan+, Carl Bartell, John Bauers+, Douglas Bellmore+, Duane Berg+,Alfred Boehmer, Richard Book, Alva Budnick, Raymond Buehler+, William Elliott, Clyde Enos+, Erhardt Felax, John Folgersonger+, Cleland Gager, Paul Greengtski+, Paul Heller, Paul Horn, Dennis Joppich+, Raymond Kolwalski, Joseph Krawczak, Floyd MacDougall+, Dennis Meredith+, Mellville Orr+, Alfred Pilarski, Gary Price, Leo Promo, Jr., Bernard Schefke, Keith Schuler+, James Selke+, Gary Strzelecki*, Earl Tulgetski+, Edward Vallee, John Zoho.
Only 2 men survived.
Rogers City was overwhelmed with grief at the loss of so many men from that city. Even the Great Lakes community was in shock at such a great loss of life.


May these brave sailors ever rest in the peace of our Lord.


The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City, Michigan holds an annual bell ringing ceremony to honor both ship and crew.

1) The body was never recovered+.
2) Found alive but died soon after*.

Reference: Wikipedia online.

THANK YOU to Rosie♥Mooch for the addition of the photo of the SS Carl D. Bradley, the Queen of the Lakes. Her generous and kind assistance in the remembrance of our merchant sailors will always be remembered.


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Body lost at sea
Specifically: Shipwreck off of Gull Island in Lake Michigan
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Record added: Oct 17, 2012
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SS Carl D. Bradley Shipwreck <i>Memorial</i> & Crew
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