The Hydrus, A Ship That Sank During A Blizzard In 1913, Is Finally Discovered!

102 years ago, residents of The Great Lakes Basin were battered by one of the most devastating storms in history. From November 9th to November 13th, 1913, a blizzard with hurricane-force winds wreaked havoc across the Great Lakes and the areas around them, killing more than 250 people, destroying 19 ships and causing nearly $5 million dollars in damage.

Since then, every ship that has sunken in Lake Huron, where the majority of the shipwrecks from the storm — nicknamed the “White Hurricane,” due to its ferocity — occurred, had been discovered except for one: the Hydrus.

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.

The Hydrus, a 436-foot steamship, had eluded shipwreck hunters like 74-year-old David Trotter for years until recently, when Trotter and his team made the historic discovery. Along the way, Trotter has found scores of other ships and even a few airplanes as he scours Lake Huron’s bottom every year with his crew.

Nearly 150-feet below the surface of Lake Huron sat the relatively intact remains of the Hyrdus, preserved by the icy water of the Great Lake.

Trotter and his crew are convinced. There isn’t another ship of that size unaccounted for in the area. The number of hatches matches. His divers found iron ore still in the ship. Best of all, they dove into the engine room and found a sign, partially covered in zebra mussels, that appears to read: “Hydrus.”

What do you think of the discovery of the 102 year old ship that has eluded divers for years? Is it worth the time that David Trotter spent to find it? Use the comments section below and share your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!

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