In my last post I mentioned the legend, "Lake Superior rarely gives up her dead." I'd like to relate my personal story of a shipwreck that defied that adage.

While driving along Lake Superior near Whitefish Point in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I happened upon a sign pointing to a scenic outlook. A steep one lane road led to the top of Mission Hill. The treacherous road was worth the trek to see the panoramic view of a peninsula jutting into Spectacle Lake.

Atop Mission Hill, across the dirt road from the outlook, is a historic Indian cemetery with many graves dating in the 1800's. To my surprise I found eight stones flush to the ground with nothing on the stones except one word, "UNKNOWN." I could not help but wonder at the story behind the simple graves. Later that same day I accidentally stumbled upon the answers to my questions. While visiting the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, I found a display dedicated to the SS Myron shipwreck.

The SS Myron was a wooden steamship built in 1888. She spent 31 years as a lumber hooker on the Great Lakes until she sank in 1919 on Lake Superior during a November gale. In the spring of 1920 the remains of eight sailors were found encased in ice and they were buried in the old Indian cemetery atop Mission Hill. I had chills as I read the story. 


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