Museum Ships Series VI: Lightship LV-84 (WAL-509)

Another Lost Lightship In previous researches into missing lightships like LV-95, I had encountered numerous stories of other sunk or missing lightships. As I had stated in other blog posts, compared to other historic ships, lightships had a comparatively unglamorous history. These vessels were built for a very specific purpose, to be sentinels at sea … Continue reading Museum Ships Series VI: Lightship LV-84 (WAL-509)

Shipwrecks and Meaning: The Loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald as Contemporary Maritime Archaeology  As of this writing, it has been 44 years since the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on 10 November 1975. In archaeological terms, the definition of a "Historic" archaeological site is a site that is at least 50 years old. This means that in 6 short years the wreck of the … Continue reading Shipwrecks and Meaning: The Loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

Museum Ships Series III: The Alvin Clark

A Historic Anniversary         At long last in the Museum Ships Series is the former museum ship Alvin Clark, the very pinnacle of failed museum ships. This blog post is timely because November 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Alvin Clark on 8 November 1967. The Alvin Clark was a remarkably intact shipwreck … Continue reading Museum Ships Series III: The Alvin Clark