Ghost Ships Of The Great Lakes
Ships and their Contents Laid Undisturbed, Frozen in Time

Ghost Ships Of The Great Lakes
Ships and their Contents Laid Undisturbed, Frozen in Time

For more than a century, the ship and its contents laid undisturbed, frozen in time.

However, with the invention and popularization of scuba gear during the 1950s and 1960s, this suddenly changed.

In the mid-1960s, divers discovered the remains of the Niagara.

For more than two decades, treasure hunters and salvagers thoroughly stripped artifacts and fittings from what was probably Wisconsin's greatest treasure trove of nineteenth century cultural artifacts.

Rumors tell of entire crates of unbroken china and other artifacts being hauled off to the garages of Wisconsin and Illinois. Unfortunately, the knowledge that could have been gained by studying those artifacts is lost forever.

The large size of the Great Lakes increases the risk of water travel; storms and reefs are common threats. The lakes are prone to sudden and severe storms, particularly in the autumn, from late October until early December.

Hundreds of ships have met their end on the lakes.

The greatest concentration of shipwrecks lies near Thunder Bay (Michigan), beneath Lake Huron, near the point where eastbound and westbound shipping lanes converge.

The Lake Superior shipwreck coast from Grand Marais, Michigan to Whitefish Point became known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes".

More vessels have been lost in the Whitefish Point area than any other part of Lake Superior. The Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve serves as an underwater museum to protect the many shipwrecks in this area.

The first shipwreck was the Griffin, the first ship to sail the Great Lakes. Caught in a storm while trading furs between Green Bay and Michilimacinac, it sank during a storm and has possibly been found.

The last major freighter wrecked on the lakes was the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on November 10th, 1975, just over 30 miles (50 km) offshore from Whitefish Point.

The largest loss of life in a shipwreck out on the lakes may have been that of the Lady Elgin, wrecked in 1860 with the loss of around 400 lives.

In an incident at a Chicago dock in 1915, the SS Eastland rolled over while loading passengers, killing 841.

In August 2007, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society announced that it had found the wreckage of Cyprus, a 420-foot (130 m) long, century-old ore carrier. Cyprus sank during a Lake Superior storm on October 11th, 1907, during its second voyage while hauling iron ore from Superior, Wisconsin, to Buffalo, New York.

The entire crew of 23 drowned, except one, a man named Charles Pitz, who floated on a life raft for almost seven hours.

In June 2008 deep sea divers in Lake Ontario found the wreck of the 1780 Royal Navy warship HMS Ontario in what has been described as an "archaeological miracle".

There are no plans to raise her as the site is being treated as a war grave.

In June 2010 the L.R. Doty was found in Lake Michigan after sinking in October 1898. The ship sank, probably rescuing a small schooner the Olive Jeanette, during a terrible storm. There are no plans to raise the ship as it would quickly deteriorate in open air.

Ghost Ships - The term Ghost Ship in the Paranormal realm actually has two different meanings.

Generally it means a ship that has had reports of an apparition upon it or the ship as a whole is seen as an apparition but it can also mean a ship that has been abandoned by its crew mysteriously.

The following footage is famous Ghost Ships within our world:

The Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship
Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship
The Queen Mary - Ghosts & Legends
RMS Rhone - Ghost Ship
SS Watertown - Ghost Ship
Titanic - Ghosts Of The Abyss
Ghost Ships Of The Great Lakes