Lake Erie, being the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is without question the most dangerous to shipping. This explains why she is the most wreck-laden, with the remnants of possibly 600 ships littering her sandy bottom.
On Monday, a fish tug that set out at 4 a.m. from Wheatley, Ontario, was very lucky not to join them (Great Lakes fish tugs look a lot like this one from tugfest.net). Suddenly finding themselves trapped in thick ice and whipped by a freezing offshore wind, the crew huddled around an oil burner for nearly twelve hours waiting for help to arrive. The sound the ice made as it ground against the steel hull of the boat must have been sickening, to say the least.
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