Tuesday's London Free Press reports that later this summer two teams of divers, one Canadian and one American, will set off into Lake Erie's sandy depths to try and solve one of the the lake's most closely guarded secrets -- the fate of the long-lost car ferry Marquette & Bessemer No. 2.
A summary: On the night of December 9, 1909, the ferry set off from Conneaut, Ohio for Port Stanley, Ontario, loaded with rail cars. She never got there; about halfway across the lake, the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 ran into a raging seventy-knot gale. Unable to find shelter, the ferry was eventually swamped, it is thought, and went to the bottom, killing her entire crew of thirty-six.
What's frustrated divers ever since is the fact that the Marquette & Bessmer No. 2, a 350-foot monstrosity, has never been found. Even though she's not particularly valuable (although a myth persists that $50,000 was put into her safe just before she sailed), the archaeological community would love to know where a ship that big could possibly hide in such a shallow lake.
It's a question that, it's hoped, a little international rivalry might help solve.
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