Shipwrecks of Lake Superior
Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, has also got another gory claim to fame. Due to the tempestuous climate and the frequent storms in the Great Lakes region it is also known as the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes”.
There are many reasons behind this unusual phenomenon. The lake’s large size creates a kind of maritime climate around, thereby keeping the temperatures lower than regions at this level normally have. The water reacts slowly to changes in temperature and hence there is a “lake effect snow” in the winter and also fog and moisture in the air.
However, it is the annual storms around this lake which are the cause of the shipwrecks. The average waves during storms could rise to the height of 20m and have also been known to reach the height of 30m occasionally. These can cause ships to crash and collide, and due to the low temperatures, the ship wrecks are preserved at the bottom of the lake in excellent condition. In 1905 and 1913, the storms created multiple shipwrecks leading to many lives being lost.
Nowadays, there are Shipwreck Tours of Lake Superior, since most of these shipwrecks are in very well-preserved condition. There are glass bottomed boats which traverse the lake and you can get a good view of many of these beautiful ships and get a good look at the havoc that nature can cause.
There is a legend that “Lake Superior seldom gives up her dead”. This is a result of the fact that the cold temperatures of the lake water inhibit bacterial growth. Bacteria are what feed on bodies and build gas in them, making them rise to the surface. All these natural phenomenon only add to the fables built around this magnificent lake and add to the mystery within it’s depths.