October 18, 2009

Lake Superior's 'Holy Grail'

Feel free to hum to yourself for this next link, brought to you from the depths of Lorraine's odd little brain. You'll get the use of the word 'depths' in a moment.

I dare anyone not to love that song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I dare you not to love Gordon Lightfoot. I don't know a single Canadian who doesn't belt out the chorus to that song, whenever they hear it played. And they are drunk.

Here's a cool new story about Lake Superior. Apparently, two brand new mindsweepers (no, big boats, not my favourite time-wasting game) went down in a brutal storm in 1918, after leaving Thunder Bay in late November. They were headed to the French coast of the English channel, and were made here in Canada for France.

Three ships set out; only one cleared the storm. The other two have never been found. If you know your history, you know that Lake Superior is the deepest of the Great Lakes, and the most dangerous for ships. It's famous for its monster storms. We actually have something this cool, right here in Canada.

Tom Farnquist, a legendary shipwreck hunter (that's what it says) is going to try to find them. From false reports of sightings and bodies, to purged naval records, to all manner of mystery and intrigue, Farnquist is apparently looking to Ottawa for help in his mission.

Good luck with that, Tom. We've been looking to Ottawa for help for ages. Lights are on, but nobody's home.

But it would be cool if they found these ships. And it would be nice to know why nobody's cared for 90 years what happened to them.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

It's almost a misnomer to call Superior a lake. I know a guy who got the bends coming up too soon from the depths of it. He's an amatuer diver and was so excited by what he found he overstayed his welcome,left too little oxygen in his tank and had to make a rush resurface. I'm sure he's just thrilled of Farnquist's explorations. I can hear him now, "no fair, he's got better wet suits." That, and more experience..

October 18, 2009 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2009 October-November issue of "Northern Wilds" features a detailed story of these two ships in "Legend and Lore of the French Warships on Lake Superior" by Elle Andra-Warner in its Strange Tales column.

October 19, 2009 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No blog since the 18th??? Did Lorriane get the flu too??

October 23, 2009 10:18 AM  

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