The Legend of the Black Knight Part I

The Discovery of the U-1226 On 5 June 1993 commercial diver Edward Michaud allegedly discovered the wreck of a World War II German Submarine in 41 feet of water, 4 miles off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He had identified the wreck as that of the U-1226; the problem was history had stated that the U-1226 was sunk thousands of … Continue reading The Legend of the Black Knight Part I

The Enigma In The Lake: A Critical Inquiry into the Rock Lake Pyramids

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

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

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 Ghost Ship Sea Bird: An Unnatural Fear of Historical Plot Holes

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.

EsoterX

“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 ever suspects the ship's cat. Nobody ever suspects the ship’s cat.

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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