Wednesday, February 27, 2008


This blog has been in something of a winter slumber. The Lake Erie manuscript has been back in my care for the last two weeks and, since this is my last real shot to make significant changes, it's been occupying my thoughts, and precluding blogging about yet more Great Lakes happenings. Besides, there were heart-rending technological failures that meant some work had to be done twice. Suffice it to say, the cat ate my homework.

But there is an interesting story in yesterday's Dowagiac Daily News about recent dives to the Hennepin, a freighter said to have been lost in a storm in 1927.

All is not as it appears with the Hennepin. Back in 1927, her captain, Ole Hanson, reported that the freighter had foundered in a gale on Lake Michigan. Not so, say the folks from Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (MSRA). According to their findings, the wind never exceeded 17 mph on the day the Hennepin went down -- a fraction of what the Great Lakes are capable of. Moreover, they claim that it's more likely the ship foundered due to human error. Hanson's story, it seems, was meant to distract attention from this.

You can read more about the Hennepin here.

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