Monday, January 28, 2008

Back to the future

Up on Lake Superior, a duo who are used to scouring the lake bottom for historic shipwrecks are planning to use their formidable skills to help a Marathon, Ontario, family find something quite different -- closure.

Since he was last seen taking off from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in July 2005, there has been no sign of dentist Ness Amano or his plane, a small Cessna. After an exhaustive search, authorities, including the Canadian Coast Guard and the OPP, all came up empty-handed.

But now Tom Farnquist, who memorably led the operation that brought the Edmund Fitzgerald's bell to the surface in 1995, and his partner Chris Sams are taking up the search. The pair, who are both involved with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (Farnquist is the Society's executive director), have a long history of hunting down wrecks in the icy depths of the upper Great Lakes.

One of their higher profile finds was the recent discovery of the wreck of the Cyprus (pictured here), a 420-foot lake freighter that went down in a gale on Lake Superior in 1907. The Cyprus was only on her second voyage when she disappeared, taking all but one of her twenty-three man crew to the bottom with her.

You can read the full story of the search for Ness Amano's plane, from SooToday.com, here.

For more on the discovery of the Cyprus, click here.

For the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society web site, click here.

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