Thursday, July 28, 2005


Shipwrecks, Death, Destruction

By Darren Taylor
July 27, 2005

There is a public fascination with shipwrecks.

Countless people have watched the eerie images of the Titanic wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic, while closer to home, everyone is familiar with the haunting underwater photos and videos of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior nearly 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum invites the public to drop by—anytime between now and October 22nd—to check out an impressive travelling exhibit dealing with the many ships and lives that were lost on the Great Lakes in the Great Storm of November 1913. Blinding snow and hurricane force winds struck the Lakes on November 8th and lasted through to the 11th. 19 ships and 244 sailors were lost on both sides of the Lakes—only one of the Great Lakes was spared the carnage.

SSM Museum Director Kim Forbes says people who have visited the exhibit so far have enjoyed the impressive display of artifacts salvaged from the wrecks, as well as a video that features harrowing reproduction of on-board ship conditions during the Great Storm.

Admission is five dollars for adults, three dollars for seniors and students, two dollars for children, ten dollars for a family and free admission for children under 6.


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