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

Milwaukee’s Missing Lightship LV-95

What does Missing Mean? When confronted with the words "Missing Ship" we usually conjure up the dramatic mental image of a ship trying to make its way through a terrific storm only to eventually be overcome by the seas and plunge to the bottom never to be seen again. In the case of LV-95, the ship … Continue reading Milwaukee’s Missing Lightship LV-95

The Hard Luck Submarine: The Baker Submarine Boat

"The idea of Jules Verne's romance 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was regarded as a wonderful flight of imagination, but American ingenuity and perseverance have demonstrated that it was not only probable but possible." Detroit Free Press, April 30, 1892 Introduction To complete the series of blog posts on early submarines developed and tested on … Continue reading The Hard Luck Submarine: The Baker Submarine Boat

Phillips Submarine’s Part II

The Recovery of the Submarine "Foolkiller" This is the second part of Phillips's Submarines Phillips Submarine’s Part I. This blog post is going to focus on the later recovery of one of his submarines and the continuing search for the Marine Cigar at the wreck of the Atlantic. On 24 July 1915, the steamer Eastland rolled over in the Chicago River, taking with … Continue reading Phillips Submarine’s Part II

Wisconsin’s First Submarine: The Raddatz Submarine

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