I Used To Believe The story that the following two blogs are going to relate is one of intrigue, archaeology and a miscarriage of history. Like the image above this tale includes archaeology, Nazis, and Atlantis in Wisconsin. The first part is going to be a history of the Rock Lake Pyramids and the second part … Continue reading The Enigma In The Lake: A Critical Inquiry into the Rock Lake Pyramids
Wisconsin Submarines One of Wisconsin's major contributions to the war effort during the Second World War was the construction of fleet submarines. Starting in 1941 with the USS Peto (SS-265) Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company constructed 28 fleet submarines for the war. See also Wisconsin Built Subchasers. Initially, Manitowoc shipbuilding was tapped by the Navy to construct destroyers however, … Continue reading Wisconsin’s First Submarine: The Raddatz Submarine
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.
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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 it’s 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 Independence. It’s those factors that collude 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 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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The S.S. Bannockburn underway Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green University. Introduction How does a legend develop? Where do the stories come from? The story of the S.S. Bannockburn remains an infamous tale of great lakes history blending both historical fact and paranormal legend. It’s a story that has been told and retold … Continue reading Halloween on the Great Lakes: The Ghost Ship S.S. Bannockburn