October 1, 2015

Cyprus



The discovery of an ore carrier some 460 feet beneath the surface of Lake Superior has only raised the intrigue over why the vessel sank on just its second voyage. The Cyprus was hauling iron ore from Wisconsin to Buffalo, New York, when it encountered a moderate gale on the eleventh of October 1907. Surprisingly, the storm didn’t affect other ships sailing that day. At the time, it was believed that water may have entered through the ships newly designed hatch covers. Throw in the fact that there was a labor riot at the time of the vessels construction could have created other flaws. While these questions remain unsolved, shipwreck researchers have another mystery to resolve: why was the Cyprus found 10 miles north of where its sole survivor said it went down?

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