Rev. Edward J. Dowling

An air of mystery drifts around all shipwrecks. The very word “shipwreck” evokes powerful images of crashing seas, screaming winds and desperate crews. Read more


In the early part of the 20th century, the America was an elegant, 182-foot package freighter that served fishing families, businessmen and tourists. All of that came to an abrupt halt June 7, 1928, when the steamer sank off Isle Royale. Read more


Edmund Fitzgerald

David Conklin

Remembrances of the night the Edmund Fitzgerald sank from former TV anchor Dennis Anderson, who broke the story, and from retired sailor Lon Calloway, who that day rode out his first Great Lakes gale just 15 hours ahead of the ill-fated Fitz. Read more

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The Henry B. Smith was found on May 24, 2013, by a small team of shipwreck hunters. She had been missing almost a century, but through decades of effort, the team put it all together and solved one of the biggest mysteries of the Inland Seas. Read more


Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Jim Marshall Collection

Still fully dressed in his diving suit, lacking only his brass helmet, Paul felt the barge capsizing beneath his feet. The storm had come out of nowhere, and now he was headed for the bottom loaded with weights and iron shoes, and no way to breathe. Read more


Shipwrecks Alive!

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

What’s it like to scuba dive at a shipwreck? How does a Lake Superior wreck differ from one in the South Pacific? You’ll find the answers at Great Lakes Aquarium. “Shipwrecks Alive!” is a new exhibit that opened July 3. Read more



Courtesy Thunder Bay Museum

The stories of the Neebing and other Canadian wrecks on Lake Superior are highlighted in a new exhibit at the Thunder Bay Museum, on display until November 10. Read more


Fatal Diving Accident at Isle Royale; Kamloops Wreck Temporarily Closed

On Saturday, July 13, a recreational SCUBA diver exploring the Kamloops shipwreck at Isle Royale National Park was fatally injured in a diving accident. Park Superintendent Phyllis Green has temporarily closed the Kamloops to diving. Read more

Jul 15, 2013 10:35 AM Superior Notes

When the White Star Line’s new ocean liner Titanic steamed for New York City on Sunday, April 14, 1912, it carried about 30 passengers heading for Lake Superior communities. At least nine survived the disaster to unfold that night. Read more

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Wild About Weather

National Weather Service

Powered by strong low-pressure systems, these nine Lake Superior storms wrecked dozens of ships and claimed hundreds of lives. Read more

Natural World

2010 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award honors the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society Read more


Accounts of the ships damaged on Lake Superior during the storm of Nov. 27-28, 1905. Read more


The Mataafa Blow

UW-Superior Lake Superior Maritime Collection

In November 1905, the Mataafa Blow whipped the waters of Lake Superior into a destroyer of ships and a killer of men. Read more


L.C. Waldo

Great Lakes Historical Society, Vermilion, Ohio

The White Hurricane of 1913 was a storm so large that it ravaged the entire Great Lakes region and so intense that its 80-mph winds equaled those of a Caribbean hurricane. But in November on the Great Lakes, this was no tropical storm. Read more

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Tettegouche State Park waves

Paul Sundberg

Winds began to howl and a freezing rain fell from the gray, turbulent skies. Carl sensed that the spirit of the lake was ready to make itself known. Read more


Crisp Point

Tom Buchkoe

Beginning in 1849 with Whitefish Point Light Station, lighthouses along Michigan's Shipwreck Coast have served to warn mariners clear of the dangerous reefs and shoals and act as a set of markers pointing ships from light to light. Read more


Entire generations now have no active memories of November 10, 1975, but the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald continues to fascinate, mystify and preoccupy young and old. Read more


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