Kirby (discovered in 2018). For nearly 118 years the location of Hudson's wreck remained unknown, until in July 2019 her wreck was found in 825 feet (251 m) of water, completely intact. The 288-foot-long Hudson was a sturdy steel vessel, built in 1888 “and one of the fastest ships on the lakes,” author and longtime University of Minnesota Duluth professor Julius Wolff wrote in his book “Lake Superior Shipwrecks.” 132-Year-Old Lake Superior Shipwreck Found ‘In Beautiful Shape huffingtonpost.com — After 132 years, a long-lost shipwreck has been located at the bottom of Lake Superior, and it appears to be impeccably preserved. It has been called the Titanic of the Great Lakes, and it has been immortalized in a truly excellent song by Gordon Lightfoot. Eventually, Eliason and Smith found a likely looking target in over 800 feet (240 m) of water about 4 miles (6.4 km) off Eagle Harbor, Michigan. [4][5][1][2][10], One report after the sinking stated that the identity of the ship was a mystery, and it was believed that another ship sighted in the area may have rescued the crew of Hudson. Niagara Falls | Divers from the U.S coast guard took part this morning, in a delicate wreck recovery operation to bring to the surface a Nazi submarine discovered two weeks ago at the bottom of Lake Ontario.. 46°59.91′N 85°06.61′W. She had a gross register tonnage of 2294.14 tons, a net register tonnage of 1853.37 tons and a cargo capacity of 2,650 tons. Due to the depth of her wreck, she is almost impossible for divers to explore. And the next morning, Sept. 16, lighthouse keepers at Eagle River, Mich., saw a "sizable twin-stacked steamer dead in the water, listing badly," Wolff wrote. Shipwrecked Lake Superior Shipwrecked by Ron Wrigley Born in Fort William in 1951, Mr. Wrigley Graduated from Lakehead University with a degree in Geology. [4][11], After her sinking, it was speculated that her cargo shifted, causing her to roll over and leading to her sinking. All that remains is her steel hull, because when she sank, her cabins broke free and floated away. "There's a certain level of excitement you get with each discovery," Smith said. Picture a square hovering above the water off … After passing over the wreck a few times, the camera picked up the letters HUD on the vessel's stern, confirming that the wreck was Hudson. Shipwrecks are tragic things by nature, but the story behind the Nelson, an 1899 wreck discovered Aug. 26 in Lake Superior, is as sad as they come: When the ship foundered in … The Hudson, a 288-foot-long steamship built in Wyandotte in 1888, sank off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula in September 1901 after getting caught in … She had an identical sister ship named Harlem. The two 66-year-old friends "share an appreciation and love for shipwreck hunting" and combining their efforts "to solve mysteries," Smith said. On September 16, 1901, while heading across Lake Superior with a cargo of wheat and flax, she ran into a storm and sank with the loss of all 25 crew off Eagle Harbor, Michigan (located on the Keweenaw Peninsula). The steamer Hudson, seen here in an undated photo, was launched in 1888 and sank in a Lake Superior storm in September 1901. The Griffon is iconic among shipwreck hunters, who often refer to it as the Holy Grail. [4], Hudson (Official number 95953) was designed by Frank E. Kirby and was built in 1888 by the Detroit Dry Dock Company of Wyandotte, Michigan. “Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past” profiles David Trotter, who has discovered nearly 100 shipwrecks in his 35 years of exploring the Great Lakes. The wreck of the Hudson … X074 The shipwreck of the forgotten steamer Hudson (above), which sank into the murky depths of Lake Superior on September 16, 1901, was finally found in July by two shipwreck … The 22-foot boat has reached the “X” he and Kraig Smith have marked, electronically, in Lake Superior. She was equipped with a single fixed pitch propeller with a diameter of 13.6 feet (4.1 m). While crossing Lake Superior from Duluth on September 16, 1901, the ship sank near Keweenaw Point. Around the time she passed the Apostle Islands, a storm had kicked up. Ninety years after their disappearance in a Lake Superior blizzard, shipwreck hunters are trying to find two French warships that vanished without … He added that they knew they had "a good chance" of finding the sunken Hudson. The Hudson, a 288-foot-long steamship built in Wyandotte in 1888, sank off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula in September 1901 after getting caught in a storm, taking the lives of the 24 crew members aboard. The engine was powered by steam provided by two 11.6 feet (3.5 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m) Scotch marine boilers, which had a working pressure of 160 psi; both the engine and the boilers were built by the Detroit Engine Works of Detroit, Michigan. The SS Western Reserve was a propeller that was lost on August 30th 1892 off … Follow him on Twitter @omarabdelb. Eliason said he was pleased with how well the Hudson was preserved, citing its distance from shore being too far for divers to "mess with.". If you are interested in learning more about this project and would like to contact either the Captain of the RV Preservation and Leader of the Project, please use the information below. Marie, Sept. 19. It doesn't appear Eliason will run out of shipwrecks to chase. Over the summer, a five-man team, including a diver and historian, located the J.S. She cost $275,000 to build. This is probably the steamer which was seen to go down by people on the beach at Eagle River Monday forenoon. The It List: The Irish accents of 'Wild Mountain Thyme,' reality show drama in 'House of Ho,' and more pop culture highlights of the week Kirby, both resting at the same depth, are likely the second deepest shipwrecks ever located on the Great Lakes, after the freighter Scotiadoc which rests in 870 feet (270 m) of water near the Sleeping Giant. The Hudson carried a load of wheat and flax as it set out from Duluth on Sept. 15, 1901. SS Western Reserve. A pair of enterprising shipwreck hunters recently managed to discover the final resting place of Hudson, a steamer freight ship which was lost with all hands when a vicious gale sent it to the bottom of Lake Superior on 16 September, 1901, Minnesota Public Radio reports. [2][6][3], Her steel (some sources state iron) hull was 288 feet (88 m) long, 41 feet (12 m) wide and 22.58 feet (6.88 m) deep. His interest in shipping history led to research into shipwrecks in a part of Lake Superior from which there was little information. The shipwreck of the forgotten steamer Hudson (above), which sank into the murky depths of Lake Superior on September 16, 1901, was finally found in July by two shipwreck hunters The 288-foot-long steel vessel sank on September 16, 1901 after the ship ran into a gale on the water and sunk, taking all 25 crew on board with it With every new shipwreck discovery, Eliason said he realizes that he and Smith are at the age where it could be their last. [1], In mid-2019, Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, Minnesota and Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wisconsin were searching for the wrecks of Hudson, the paddle steamer Sunbeam and the composite bulk freighter S.R. Lost in a storm on Lake Superior, the Fitzgerald is one of the largest ships to have sunk in the Great Lakes. [1][2][6][7], Hudson was built for the Western Transit Company (a subsidiary of the New York Central Railway Company) of Buffalo, New York. [4][13], The wreck of the Hudson rests in 825 feet (251 m) of water, with her hull completely intact. [1][2][6], The ship was equipped with an 80 rpm 1,300-horsepower (970 kW) triple expansion steam engine with pistons which had bores of 23 inches (58 cm), 36 inches (91 cm) and 62 inches (160 cm) and a stroke of 48 inches (120 cm). Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, Minnesota, have known each other for 40 years. [1][2][6][8], On October 24, 1890, while in Duluth, Minnesota, Hudson collided with the wooden steam barge City of Nicolet, sending her to the bottom of Lake Superior. (Kraig Smith and Jerry Eliason) The shipwreck of the Hudson was discovered four miles west of Eagle River Michigan, in Lake Superior. At some point, as the Hudson passed the Apostle Islands, a Lake Superior gale kicked up. C. Patrick Labadie Collection / Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena, Mich. There are over 6,000 sunken boats in the Great Lakes, and there are eight sought-after, undiscovered shipwrecks, including the Griffon — often referred to as the Holy Grail — which disappeared in 1679. Shipwreck hunters Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, Minn., and Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wis., used sonar and then a camera to locate and confirm the discovery of the Hudson, now resting in 825 feet of water. Her bow is buried in the lake bottom, with her stern rising about 20 feet (6.1 m) from the bottom. On the morning of September 16, 1901, several lighthouse keepers in Eagle River, Michigan reported seeing Hudson dead in the water in listing badly. A freighter that sank 118 years ago off the coast of Michigan's northern tip was discovered by shipwreck hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin. But on September 20, 1901, a fishing boat found two masts, one painted black and the other yellow, which matched the colour of Hudson's masts. Jerry has many Lake Superior shipwreck discoveries accredited to his name, including the most recent discovery of the Henry B Smith in Marquett Michigan. Foundered Sept 16, 1901 8 miles off Eagle River, Keweenaw Peninsula, Lake Superior. -- The steamer HUDSON of the western Transit Co., foundered in Lake Superior off Eagle River last Monday and her crew of 25 unboubtedly drowned. The U-boat was spotted for the first time by amateur scuba divers in late January and they had contacted the authorities. Another report stated that due to the lack of wreckage, the sinking of Hudson was "probably a mistake". Eliason, who Smith called "the brains of the operation," designed a sonar system with his son, which was used for finding the Hudson. Julius F. Wolff's Lake Superior Shipwrecks (1990) describes the ship's collision and eventual sinking. It's the Edmund Fitzgerald, but as famous as she is, no one knows why she sank.There was a storm that fateful day, but that's really nothing unusual for the Great Lakes. She was launched on November 16/17, 1887 as hull number 82. [4][5], In all likelihood, she is the second deepest shipwreck on the Great Lakes, behind the bulk freighter Scotiadoc (discovered in 2013 at a depth of 870 feet [270 m]), and tied with the composite bulk freighter S.R. . On September 16, 1901, while heading across Lake Superior with a cargo of wheat and flax, she ran into a storm and sank with the loss of all 25 crew off Eagle Harbor, Michigan (located on the Keweenaw Peninsula). Griffon. Built … See more ideas about shipwreck, civil war navy, sailing ships. [4], Alpena County George N. 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This undated photo provided by Kraig Smith and Jerry Eliason shows the shipwreck HUDSON located 4 miles west of Eagle River Michigan, in Lake Superior at a depth is 825 feet. At some point, as the Hudson passed the Apostle Islands, a Lake Superior gale kicked up. Sault Ste. [4], At the time of her loss, Hudson was valued at $180,000. When they were above the wreck, they dropped a camera attached to a 1,000 feet (300 m) cable. [4][5][12] Discovery of her wreck was made public in September 2019. For nearly 118 years the location of Hudson's wreck remained unknown, until in July 2019 her wreck was found in 825 feet (251 m) of water, completely intact. Kirby, which had already been found by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) in June 2018, but had not yet been made public. "Building our own equipment is half the fun," Eliason said. Enrollment surrendered Sept 30, 1901. Consequently, the sonar had to be produced properly to withstand pressure under tons of water in sealike Lake Superior and in order to get a clear photograph of the wreck. SS Hudson was a steel-hulled package freighter that served on the Great Lakes from her construction in 1887 to her sinking in 1901. "It's almost like deer hunting — you're out there for all this time and there are those few seconds of real excitement. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}47°29′56″N 88°15′12″W / 47.498901°N 88.253269°W / 47.498901; -88.253269, SS Hudson was a steel-hulled package freighter that served on the Great Lakes from her construction in 1887 to her sinking in 1901. They believe that some 800 feet below the July morning’s gentle waves is … ", More: He accidentally sold — and possibly saved — the 1st Ford Mustang ever built, More: Hamtramck street to get $1.2M in new homes built for refugees. Others call it the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. Downbound from Duluth MN with cargo of wheat and flax for Buffalo NY in heavy storm. At some point, as the Hudson passed the Apostle Islands, a Lake Superior gale kicked up. Over the next few days, much more wreckage, and a few bodies from Hudson came ashore. Eliason reported that Hudson and S.R. Her haul was prone to shifting in big waves which likely caused it to lose balance and sink. The wreck of the Hudson was located in the summer of 2019. The exact cause of the disaster has never been made clear, and has been the subject of much discussion. All 24 lost. There's a "small but enthusiastic subculture" of people who follow shipwrecks, and in many cases, Eliason said he finds a connection with someone involved with the ship's history, like a grandchild of a deceased crew member. ehrlif/shutterstock Some call it the Shipwreck Coast. In mid-July, they set out to the target . He accidentally sold — and possibly saved — the 1st Ford Mustang ever built, Hamtramck street to get $1.2M in new homes built for refugees, eight sought-after, undiscovered shipwrecks, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. They knew the wreck was deep. The oldest of the Great Lakes’ Ghost Fleet, and widely regarded as the first, is a vessel called the Griffon, which set sail on Lake Eerie from Niagara in August of 1679.The 40 ton Griffon was a rugged ship built and captained by a French explorer by the name of Rene de LaSalle for the purpose of shipping supplies for LaSalle’s various expeditions into New France. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum announced the … Apr 22, 2013 - Images taken from Dr. E. Lee Spence's blog Today's Shipwrecks™ on Shipwrecks.com website. On May 9, 1888 she was enrolled in Detroit, but on May 15, 1888 she was re-registered to Buffalo. The steamer Hudson, seen here in an undated photo, was launched in 1888 and sank in a Lake Superior storm in September 1901. It was also believed that she may have had engine trouble, which could also have contributed to her sinking. Eventually, she rolled over and sank, taking the lives of all 25 (some sources state 24) crew members. A museum in Upper Michigan pays tribute to the lives lost on the waters of Lake Superior. The wreck of a steamer has been discovered 103 years after it was struck by a massive wave and sank in Lake Superior. [2][9], On September 15, 1901, Hudson left Duluth under the command of Captain Angus J. McDonald, with a cargo of wheat and flax bound for Buffalo. 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