Veteran diver David Trotter spent 35 years hunting down more than 100 wrecks lost beneath the Great Lakes and now there’s a documentary about it.
When a 74-year-old shipwreck hunter devotes some 35 years of his life to find and explore more than 100 of the thousands of wrecks said to be resting under the Great Lakes, he probably has something to say about it.
In a new documentary called “Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past” Trotter details his long quest to uncover the wrecks and the truth behind some of the famous and interesting shipwrecks ever to occur in the Great Lakes system.
While this documentary is almost 50 minutes long, remember to say a silent word for all the sailing men, estimated at around 30,000 people, who lost their lives plying their trade on the largest freshwater lakes on earth. Below are more of Trotter’s discoveries.
In the mean time here are some of the ships Trotter discovered and a bit of information about each.
1. The New York
The entire crew of this steamer, which sunk in a storm on Lake Huron in 1910, was rescued by the brave men of the SS Mataafa which nearly sunk itself during the rescue.
2. The SS Daniel J. Morrell
Sunk on Lake Huron in late November, 1966 losing all hands except lone survivor Dennis Hale who was found nearly 40 hours later floating in a lifeboat wearing only boxer shorts and a ‘pea coat’.
3. James B. Colgate
The ship sunk on Lake Erie in October, 1916. In an odd twist, the 25-man crew went down with the ship and only the captain survived.
4. SS Isaac M. Scott
This was one of 12 unfortunate vessels to sink in the ‘Great Storm’ of 1913 on Lake Huron. All 28 crewmembers were lost; the captain’s body washed ashore one month later still wearing his life vest.
5. SS Hydrus
Another of the 12 ships to sink in the Great Storm, the Hydrus sank in early November, 1913. All 24 of the crew were lost; five of the men were found frozen to death in their lifeboat. Trotter discovered the wreckage in July 2015.
Even on the freshwater of the Great Lakes sailors take their own lives in their hands to work the water and ply their trade. A silent word for all who lost their lives and the some 6,000 ships that have been lost over the years is in order.
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