On June 20, 1953, a 129-metre freighter named the Scotiadoc left Port Arthur, Ontario carrying 260,000 bushels of wheat. A couple of hours later, under deep fog cover, it collided with The Burlington, another freighter, and sank to the bottom of Lake Superior, never to be seen again.
After searching for the remains of the Scotiadoc for more than a decade, a group of shipwreck hunters has discovered the ship about 30 kilometres from Thunder Bay, reports CBC News.
"You know, it's dark, it's mysterious," Jerry Eliason, one of the hunters, told CBC. "We're looking at the video being beamed up from 870 feet below, and we know that we're the first people to have seen this since 1953." At about 265 metres below the surface of the water, the Scotiadoc is thought to be the deepest wreck ever found in the Great Lakes.
A recent article in the Duluth News Tribune gives an in-depth account of the last hours of the Scotiadoc, along with the fallout from the collision, which took the life of one crew member, 39-year-old Wallace McDermid. When it sank, the Scotiadoc had been at sea for nearly half a century, initially operating as the Martin Mullen.
Earlier this year, Eliason and his group found the wreck of the Henry B. Smith, which sunk in Lake Superior in 1913. Their ship-sleuthing technique involves wading through court and government records to figure out the general area to search in, followed by a painstaking sonar search and finally lowering a camera and lighting rig to confirm their find. The result: the pictures you see above.
Via CBC News