shipwreck

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.


The Margaret Olwill ship sunk off the coast of Lorain, Ohio in June 1899.
Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University]

The Margaret Olwill was on its way to Cleveland from Kelley’s Island at the end of June 1899, carrying 900 tons of limestone and 12 passengers. Caught in a storm, the captain tried to make a turn and the ship rolled over on one side. The steam barge sank in Lake Erie off the coast of Lorain, Ohio.

The Christmas spirit is popping up along the waters of the Great Lakes region.

In Port Huron, Mich., Santa Claus rode to shore on the Huron Spirit, a boat operated by the Lakes Pilots Association. In Toledo, Ohio, the tug Josephine brought him to the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

But the most poignant event of the holiday season was in Chicago, where the sinking of  "The Christmas Tree Ship" was remembered recently.