Other shipwrecks that have fascinated me

The Alvin Clark, or why we don’t raise Great Lakes shipwrecks anymore.

The Daniel J. Morrell, or the boat whose sundered stern chased its fleeing sailors “like a great wounded beast with its head shot off.”

The Lady Elgin, or why ships must carry running lights.

The General Slocum, or why you should not wire your lifeboats in place. (This was also, prior to 9/11, the worst disaster in New York City’s history).

SS Normandie, or “Hey, France! Sorry about your boat!”

SS America, or the time-lapse destruction of an American icon.


  1. My mom and I have an odd fascination with such things – we both loved the book “Over the Edge: Death In The Canyon” by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers. That was a book about every documented case of someone dying in the Grand Canyon – fascinating stuff. (Lessons learnt: take 20 times more water than you think you will need, and don’t go randomly hiking in the desert). When we were in the U.P., I bought her the book “Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Survivals” by William Ratigan for Christmas (told you we were weird). Great book, highly recommend it.

  2. Ha! That’s the same book that the quote about the Morrell comes from. Great minds.

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