Meet the Author: Michael McCarthy


Meet the author at the Michigan Maritime Museum Ship's Store!


In the summer of 1915, Chicago commuters were horrified to see the SS Eastland, a massive Lake Michigan steamship, flip over while tied to its dock. More than eight hundred poor factory workers and their children drowned. Twenty-two whole families perished. The nation cried out for justice. Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America—a New York Times bestseller—is the untold story of a mysterious industrial atrocity and how the prosperous, guilty Eastland owners tried to shift the blame to the whistle blower and one true hero on the ship, Engineer Joseph Erickson, a working class immigrant. Against all odds, an attorney, down on his luck at the time, then stepped in to save him: Clarence Darrow, the future legal star. This is the lost history of a national tragedy, the case Darrow himself refused to mention the rest of his life. Author Michael McCarthy takes us back one hundred years to the gritty streets of Chicago and the throaty blasts of steamship whistles, unveiling for the first time the full saga of the SS Eastland.


Michael McCarthy worked for the Wall Street Journal for twenty-two years, first as a reporter and then as an editor on feature stories. He is the author of The Sun Farmer and has had his poetry published in The Southern Review, among other publications. He learned to sail on Lake Michigan and spent twelve years researching the Eastland case. Mr. McCarthy has lived in Chicago and now lives in South Haven, Michigan—two ports of call in the Eastland story.


On, Friday December 8th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Michael McCarthy will be participating in a book signing and Ashes Under Water will be available for purchase. Free gift wrapping and light refreshments will be available. It is the perfect opportunity to do a little nautical holiday shopping! After shopping, take advantage of our Winter Admission Special...and visit the Museum for only $5!


Call (269) 637-8078 for more information!

Event Date: 12/8/2017
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090
Contact: (269) 637-8078
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252