The sky unleashed a blizzard over the Great Lakes, hitting Lake Huron hardest
gusts up to 90 m.p.h. and waves to 35 feet. The Great Storm, even
the worst recorded on the lakes. There were a dozen major shipwrecks
from Nov. 7
through 10, and eight of them were on Lake Huron. More than 250
perished. The Hydrus had been headed south toward the St. Clair River,
iron ore in
its belly. The ship lost everyone on board, a crew of 22, including five
found frozen to death in a lifeboat that
washed up in Canada.
time, every ship lost in the Great Storm of 1913 in U.S. waters in Lake
been discovered except the Hydrus. Veteran shipwreck hunter David
had it on his wanted list for 30 years. Along the way, he has found
scores of other ships and even a few airplanes as he scours Lake Huron’s bottom
with his crew. It was Trotter who, in 1985, found another of the 1913
the John A. McGean, which was heading north in Lake Huron with a
coal when it went down.
from this storm have been found turtled, or upside-down, and
collapsed to the point where they are tough to explore. The video Trotter’s team
shot confirms the Hydrus is a divers'
Join David Trotter as he recounts the
history, research, discovery and exploration of the Great Storm of 1913
shipwreck, the Hydrus.