A Michigan man captured video of what he thinks is a ghost rising and falling in the choppy waters of Lake Superior.
More than 6,000 ships rest on the floor of the Great Lakes, about 550 of them at the bottom of Lake Superior alone. Did a ghost ship, firmly fixed in Great Lakes folklore, rise from the choppy waters of the lake last weekend? Jason Asselin poses the question in a video he posted on YouTube.
“Saturday evening far off the coast from Marquette, Michigan, appeared this mysterious ship that had to be gigantic!” he posted. “Almost as if a ghost ship was showing itself to the world.”
Indeed, a tall image does appear to be moving in the waves, and it is causing quite a stir. But is it a ghost ship? You decide.
Since Asselin posted the video, it had received around 3,800 views by Tuesday noon. If it wasn’t a ghost ship, “what could be that tall in these choppy waters?” Asselin wondered.
According to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, most Lake Superior shipwreck sites are undisturbed because of the extreme depth of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Some exploration does occur, but it is limited to professionals, according to the site.
Of the estimated 550 Lake Superior wrecks, most are undiscovered, though at least 200 lie along what is known as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast, a treacherous 80-mile stretch of shoreline that offers no safe harbor between Munising and Whitefish Point, Michigan.
The most famous ship to fall in the choppy waters of Lake Superior was the massive ore carrier, the Edmund Fitzgerald, which lies 15 miles northwest of Whitefish Point. There were no survivors among the 29-member crew when the ship went down in the stormy waters of Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975.
The carrier has been immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot and in legend. Underwater expeditions were conducted by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1989, 1994 and 1995, and at the request of crew members’ survivors, the Edmund Fitzgerald’s 200-foot bronze bell was recovered in the final expedition, conducted jointly with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
The bell is on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, 400 W. Portage Ave., Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.
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