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 V: HMS Implacable

"Never Again." Frank Carr, World Ship Trust  The Sunken Museum Ship The fifth ship in the Museum Ships Series is the former HMS Implacable. Although never formally placed on display to the public as a museum ship, the attempts were made to preserve Implacable as a museum ship. Just like the Implacable lost to the HMS Victory as the Dugay-Trouin … Continue reading Museum Ships Series V: HMS Implacable

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

Museum Ships Series IV: The Admiral

"Ships and boats are made to operate, they're not made to sit around and be museum pieces...unless you're the federal government with unlimited resources that can maintain the USS Constitution, it's not feasible to maintain an "old ship."" Bill Klein, St. Louis Marine The Museum Ship That Never Was  The third ship in the museum ships series … Continue reading Museum Ships Series IV: The Admiral

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