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. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Maritime 6 Comments

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. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

May 9, 2014 11:40 AM Minnesota


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. more

Aug 19, 2013 8:43 AM Ontario

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. 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. more

Mar 17, 2012 3:18 PM Maritime 1 Comments

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. more

Jan 16, 2012 2:59 PM Natural World

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

Sep 13, 2010 9:09 AM Maritime















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

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

Oct 1, 2004 12:00 AM Great Lakes 1 Comments

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