A picture of the 100 year old ship newly discovered
Historic picture of the Huronton. (Source: Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society)

In a remarkable discovery, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) recently announced the discovery of a long-lost relic of maritime history: The Steel Bulk Freighter Huronton.

On October 11, 1923, the empty 238-foot-long Huronton headed upbound Lake Superior and collided with a fully loaded 416-foot-long bulk freighter Cetus headed downbound.

An artwork depicting the collision of the two vessels.
Huronton and Cetus collision – Artwork by Bob McGreevy (Source: Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society)

Before the formidable ship sank down more than 800 feet below the surface of Lake Superior, the Captain of the Cetus onboarded the Huronton Crew members.

For maritime enthusiasts and history lovers alike, the excitement is intriguing. GLSHS Executive Director Bruce Lynn, in a recently published article, could hardly contain his excitement. “Finding any shipwreck is exciting,” Lynn expressed. “But to think that we’re the first human eyes to look at this vessel 100 years after it sank, not many people have the opportunity to do that.”

In his remarks, Lynn went on to emphasise the unique significance of their work. “I think about some of the more interesting aspects of what we do as an organisation,” he said, “but the searching for, discovery, and documentation of shipwrecks, especially if it’s a vessel that sank a hundred years ago, is pretty exciting because it’s truly a part of our past.”

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