On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell split in two during a late autumn storm on Lake Huron. Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman, was the sole survivor—rescued after spending thirty-eight hours on a life raft in subfreezing weather.
“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” says Robert P. Watson, author of “The Nazi Titanic,” about the making of the anti-British propaganda film Titanic. Case in point: Director Herbert Selpin was murdered by the Gestapo before he finished the movie.
Germany’s Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the Royal Air Force during the last days of World War II, killing nearly all of the concentration camp prisoners aboard. In “The Nazi Titanic” author Robert Watson tells the story of this largely forgotten Holocaust disaster.
In the award-winning “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” author Susan Southard tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the “neglected story of the enduring impact of nuclear war.”
Failing infrastructure is a hot topic these days; this catastrophic failure from 1928 has largely been forgotten.
Lessons learned from the St. Francis Dam failure—and its impact on the civil engineering profession at-large.