Tag Archives: shipwreck

Why the ‘White Hurricane’ of November 1913 was the Great Lakes’ worst disaster in history

The year 1913 was marked by a devastating multi-day bitter cold storm on the Great Lakes known as the ‘White Hurricane’.  Many ships and sailors were lost.  Read more…

Continue reading

Wisconsin is Trying to Turn Lake Michigan Shipwrecks Into an ‘Underwater National Park’

The waters off Wisconsin’s east coast hold treasures known and yet-undiscovered, with hundreds of sunken ships resting for decades – some for well over a century – on Lake Michigan’s floor. A federal push to create essentially an underwater national park would protect an especially interesting stretch of water, sending divers and researchers down under […]

Continue reading

On This Day in 1898 (SUPERIOR CITY)

On this day (04/13) in 1898, Cleveland Ship Building launched the SUPERIOR CITY at its new yard in Lorain, Ohio. Built for Augustus Wolvin’s Zenith Transit Company, she was “the largest ship on fresh water.” She was also the first vessel to slide down the ways at Lorain. Cleveland Ship Building became American Ship Building […]

Continue reading

On This Day in 1953 (BADGER)

On this day (03/21) in 1953, the C&O carferry BADGER entered service. Built by the Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay, she would be the last Lake Michigan carferry. On her first trip, BADGER sailed from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan. She carried 32 railcars filled with paper from mills in the Fox River Valley. Although […]

Continue reading