“I didn't want to be the sole survivor.”

It was the end of the 1966 shipping season on the Great Lakes, and the Daniel J. Morrell was making its final run of the year.

Dennis Hale, a watchman on the Morrell, and his 28 shipmates were eager to head home for Christmas.

But one night on Lake Huron, they were caught in a severe winter storm.

The ship broke apart and sank. Dennis and a few others made it to a life raft, but Dennis was the only person to survive.

At StoryCorps, Dennis told his wife, Barbara, how it happened.

Recorded in Austinburg, Ohio
Music Info: "Milo" by Fredrik from the album Trilogi.
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Whitney Henry-Lester
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