Museum Ships Series II: The Raising of the Gunboat Spitfire

  Introduction As stated at the end of the previous chapter of the Museum Ship's Series, this blog was going to be about the former Wisconsin museum ship Alvin Clark. Once again in an attempt to be timelier, this blog will be discussing a current attempt being planned to raise a shipwreck to be put on display … Continue reading Museum Ships Series II: The Raising of the Gunboat Spitfire

Phillips Submarine’s Part I

 "...And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth..." -Galadriel, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.  Separating Fact From Fiction Even though the quote is a common trope in fictional stories, it illustrates a common challenge with historical research. That in some cases there … Continue reading Phillips Submarine’s Part I

Cape May’s Missing Lightship WAL-519

I am currently looking for a missing ship, LV-95/WAL-519 Relief. This ship was a lightship meaning that it was essentially a mobile lighthouse that was sent to places where it was either too impractical or expensive to build a permanent light structure. The duty of these vessels was vitally important. WAL-519 was used as a relief lightship … Continue reading Cape May’s Missing Lightship WAL-519

Sunken Cities in Mysterious Michigan Lakes.

ArchyFantasies discusses Chapter 9 in Frank Joseph’s most recent book The Lost History of Ancient America titled Drowned Village of The Copper Miners.  This book is an update on the research that Frank Joseph and longtime collaborator Wayne May regarding the purported “Rock Lake Pyramids”, a pseudoarchaeological site located on the bottom of Rock Lake just outside the southern Wisconsin town of Lake Mills. The “pyramids” are stone mounds located at the bottom of the lake that appear manmade but, have been discounted as glacial features.  Frank Joseph has researched and written extensively on this site since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with his book The Lost Pyramids of Rock Lake and Atlantis in Wisconsin respectively. This latest mention is underwhelming as it has not provided any further evidence to support his claims in the 20 years its been since his first book regarding Rock Lake and its Pyramids, it’s more a reiteration of his past works on the topic.  I want readers to consider this article a prequel (even though it’s modern). Myself, as an archaeologist and a diver I was curious about Rock Lake and it’s “pyramids”.  Stay tuned for The Enigma at the Bottom of The Lake.

Archaeology Fantasies


Chapter 9 of the Lost History of Ancient America, is titled, Drowned Village of the Ancient Copper Miners, by Wayne N. May. It may as well be presented as a report of an article May read once.
This article is simply a retelling of a 2012 article from Ancient America, about a 2011 discovery by Scott Mitchim, where he claims to have found evidence of a now underwater copper workshop. One he somehow dates to about 4100 to 3200 years ago. Where these dates come from is not revealed to us in this article, so we’re just supposed to take it on faith that this is correct. Sadly, these are the least of the problems here.
May tells us that Mitchim claims the workshop is littered with artifacts both stone and copper. May tells us that these dates connect the artifacts to the elusive Ancient Copper Barons, who May believes were busily…

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The Ghost Ship Sea Bird: An Unnatural Fear of Historical Plot Holes

This is the tale of the little-known “ghost ship” Sea Bird, and the blogger EsoterX retells it in an entertaining fashion. Stories of ghost ships like those the Sea Bird, the Mary Celeste, the Flying Dutchman, or even the Great Lakes own Bannockburn   still persist is because they yet instill a sense of terror and dread in people. That’s why people still gravitate to these maritime stories and still tell and retell them. Due to the mystery inherent with a ship that disappears with all hands or a ship that appears with all hands missing. Sometimes stories like these are what keep the memory of a tragedy like a shipwreck alive like the case of the Bannockburn . Without these stories it’s only another shipwreck lost to the sands of time. Another reason why maritime tales of ghost ships last is because I believe its a coping mechanism to come up with an explanation where there is none to be found; such as those few fringe theorists who initially believed the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald were abducted by aliens. (During the age of In Search Of and Close Encounters of The Third Kind it made sense). (Incidentally, I cannot find any mention of this theory outside of an episode of The History Channel Show History’s Mysteries)

In the case of the Sea Bird, it is partially the result of contradictory history (which all history is fraught with by the way) and the fact that the Sea Bird was operating in 1750 long before the War of Independece. It’s those factors that callude to create historical “plot holes” that made for a compelling story about a ship that appeared without its crew.


“One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep” – Anton Chekhov

Nobody ever suspects the ship's cat. Nobody ever suspects the ship’s cat.

Nobody likes a plot hole.  How am I supposed to enjoy the narrative if you keep testing the limits to my suspension of disbelief?  I mean, nobody was actually in the room to hear John Foster Kane whisper “Rosebud” as he gave up the ghost, yet Citizen Kane revolves around investigating the meaning of the word.  It only took a day or two for Han Solo and Princess Leia to reach Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, whereas Luke is hanging out with Yoda in grueling Jedi bootcamp, but young Skywalker turns up in Bespin right after they are captured.  Heck, in the biblical Genesis story, Cain is the only surviving son…

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