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Seul Choix Video Seul Choix : a Community and its Lighthouse
The Seul Choix light station on northern Lake Michigan recalls the era when the lakes and the weather mapped the destiny of ships and men. But the story of Seul Choix Pointe begins centuries ago as generations of Native Americans, French voyageurs, and fishing families sought refuge in Seul Choix's sheltered bay.

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The Eastland Disaster
On July 24, 1915, at about 7:30 A.M., the proud, sleek, Great Lakes steamer known as the Eastland rolled over onto its port side in the Chicago River near the Clark Street Bridge, taking the lives of 835 people, many trapped below decks, upside down and in total darkness, helpless to escape the deluge of rushing water. Only heroic rescue efforts kept the fatality count from reaching a much higher number.


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The Wreck of the Lady Elgin
In the early morning hours of September 8, 1860, the Lady Elgin, a beautiful side paddle steamship carrying more than four hundred passengers, was rammed by a schooner and sank in Lake Michigan. Nearly three hundred people perished. For over a half-century, it was the biggest disaster in Great Lakes history, and even today, it is second only to the Eastland for the greatest loss of life.


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The Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley
No one believed it possible when word spread that the Carl D. Bradley, a gigantic limestone carrier with a storied history on the Great Lakes, had sunk in the teeth of a fierce November storm in 1958. Once the flagship of it's fleet, the Bradley had set numerous tonnage records, and for years had been the largest ship working on the lakes. Furthermore, she was considered virtually unsinkable.

 


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The Collision of the Andrea Doria
On the evening of July 25, 1956, the Andrea Doria, a huge Italian luxury liner bound for New York City, was rammed broadside by the Stockholm, a Swedish-American liner headed out to sea. What followed constitutes one of the most dramatic sea-rescues in modern maritime history.

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Ghost Ships of Isle Royale
Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, has claimed over five hundred vessels in its maritime history. Some of the most intriguing of these shipwrecks are the ones that occurred around the Isle Royale, the largest freshwater island in the world.

Stories of the ship's fierce battles with the elements have been passed along for nearly a century. In recent years, divers have found the Isle Royale shipwrecks to be historical treasures.

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Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Tree Ship
The loss of the Rouse Simmons, better known as "The Christmas Tree Ship," is one of the most enduring tales in lake Michigan maritime history. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, Schuenemann's 127-foot schooner, officially christened the Rouse Simmons, would make its way down the length of Lake Michigan, its hold and deck brimming with fresh-cut Michigan trees to be sold in Chicago.

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S.S. Wisconsin - Shipwrecked Vessel
On Friday, October 29, 1929, the S.S. Wisconsin foundered off the Kenosha, Wisconsin shoreline on route from Chicago to Milwaukee.
This gallant old freighter-passenger steamer succumbed to Lake Michigan's towering thirty-foot graybeards, losing sixteen lives.

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The Loss of the Linda E.
On December 11, 1998, the Linda-E., a 42-foot commercial fishing boat, disappeared without a trace on Lake Michigan. The weather was sunny and clear, and the waters were calm. It's three-man crew, all experienced fishermen, were never heard from again.

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S. S. DANIEL J. MORRELL REMEMBERED
On November 30th, 1996, the 30th anniversary remembrance of the sinking of the S. S. Daniel J. Morrell was held in Port Huron, Michigan.

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