Recently I have read about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald but I too have a story to tell about the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley in Lake Michigan, November 18, 1958. I am an import to Grand Rapids’ Northwest side, from Rogers City, MI, a shipping town in Northern Michigan of approximately 4000 residents.
In 1958 I was a wife and young mother, whose late husband Don Kamyszek sailed the great lakes along with my Dad, siblings and uncles. Sailing was a way of life in the town we grew up in. My Uncle Mac was captain of the fleet owned by Bradley Transportation. Tons and tons of limestone were transported to many ports on the Great Lakes from the huge limestone quarry in Rogers City.
Late evening, on November 18, 1958, I received a call that one of the ships had sunk and my husband was out on one of those ships. I gathered my daughter and went to my parents home to be with family.