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

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

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

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

The Shipwreck That Never Was: The “UX-791” and Great Lakes Maritime History

Introduction This post is a little late as its subject has since run its course on social media and has been discounted (or at least forgotten, hopefully). This post is regarding a fake news story that made waves on social media a year ago and its implications. On February 18, of 2016 came this headline: "USA: … Continue reading The Shipwreck That Never Was: The “UX-791” and Great Lakes Maritime History