Wreck of merchant ship that sank in 1940 found in Lake Superior

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Shipwreck hunters person discovered a merchant vessel that sank successful Lake Superior successful 1940, taking its skipper pinch it, during a large wind disconnected Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and shipwreck interrogator Dan Fountain announced Monday nan find of nan 244-foot bulk bearer Arlington successful astir 650 feet of h2o immoderate 35 miles northbound of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Arlington near Port Arthur, Ontario, connected April 30, 1940, afloat loaded pinch wheat and headed to Owen Sound, Ontario, nether nan bid of Captain Frederick "Tatey Bug" Burke, a seasoned of nan Great Lakes.


But arsenic nan Arlington and a larger freighter, nan Collingwood, made their measurement crossed Lake Superior they encountered dense fog and past a large wind aft nightfall that battered some ships. The Arlington began to return connected water.

The ship's first mate ordered nan Arlington onto a people to hug nan Canadian North Shore, which would person provided immoderate screen from upwind and waves, but Burke countermanded and ordered his vessel backmost onto a people crossed nan unfastened lake, nan discoverers said.

Early connected May 1, 1940, nan Arlington began to descend and nan ship's main technologist sounded nan alarm. The crew, "out of fearfulness for their lives, and without orders from Captain Burke," began to wantonness ship, they said successful a statement.

All unit made it safely to nan Collingwood isolated from for Burke, who went down pinch nan Arlington. Reports bespeak he was past seen adjacent its pilothouse, waving astatine nan Collingwood, minutes earlier his vessel vanished into nan lake.

The shipwreck nine said successful nan connection that "no 1 will ever cognize nan answer" arsenic to why Burke acted arsenic he did earlier his vessel was lost.

"It’s breathtaking to lick conscionable 1 much of Lake Superior’s galore mysteries, uncovering Arlington truthful acold retired successful nan lake," Fountain said successful a statement. "I dream this last section successful her communicative tin supply immoderate measurement of closure to nan family of Captain Burke."

The Arlington was discovered acknowledgment to Fountain, a resident of Negaunee, Michigan, who has been conducting distant sensing successful Lake Superior successful hunt of shipwrecks for astir a decade, said Bruce Lynn, executive head of nan Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

Fountain approached nan group pinch "a imaginable target" adjacent nan bluish extremity of nan Keweenaw Peninsula, and nan Arlington was discovered past year, Lynn said.

"These targets don’t ever magnitude to thing ... but this clip it perfectly was a shipwreck. A wreck pinch an interesting, and possibly mysterious story," he said successful nan statement. "Had Dan not reached retired to us, we mightiness ne'er person located nan Arlington."