Catalog

Search our Catalog

Shipwrecks

Titanic's 100th Anniversary

April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner RMS Titanic. The largest ship afloat in the world at the time — and widely believed to be "unsinkable" — the Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City on April 10. Four days later, the ship collided with an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, and sank in the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:20 in the morning of the 15th.

The Edmund Fitzgerald

The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will be commemorated today in services across the state. Twenty nine lives were lost when the ship sank in Lake Superior 36 years ago in 1975 about 17 miles from Whitefish Point. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle will host a remembrance ceremony at 6:00 PM, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will have a service at 7:00 PM. Gordon Lightfoot recorded a memorable tribute to the lost crew in his song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Shipwreck Discovered Intact!

In October 1898, a steamship carrying corn from Chicago to Canada was lost during a storm. Snow, sleet, heavy winds and 30ft waves overwhelmed and sank the L.R. Doty with all on board. It was the largest wooden ship that remained unaccounted-for, until last week. Divers discovered the wreck intact at 300 feet below the surface and off the shores of Milwaukee. Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes are protected by state laws. It's no longer a mystery, but it'll remain undisturbed.