Shipwreck Sunday


His ship sunk, his belongings gone but for the clothes on his back, L.S. Upson surveyed the scene along the remote shore of Lake Superior 100 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Upson was one of about 60 passengers and crew who survived the sinking of the packet steamer J.S. Seaverns near Michipicoten Harbor in May 1884.

It had been a harrowing experience for the survivors — “it was a fine night or all (would) have been lost,” Upson noted in a letter home that was later reprinted in the Chicago Inter Ocean newspaper.

But while they may have been glad to be alive, the passengers and crew must have lamented their lot, with their possessions and supplies now on the bottom of the lake — and a wait of indeterminate length until they all could be picked up from the isolated outpost.

“This,” Upson wrote of his surroundings, “is the most outlandish out-of-a-way place in the world.”


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7 Responses to Shipwreck Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Turn clocks back – check
    Make coffee – check
    Set out Martha’s donuts – check
    Dig in!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Old Post Office in 23 minutes. Venus very bright towards the south.


    • David B. Benson says:

      And the same time interval to return via the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension. So the week starts with 46 minutes of stick walking.


  3. Den says:

    I’m sitting here in my Lay-Z-Boy contemplating the deliciousness of Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, mild yet crisp, refreshing.

    I wonder how humanity managed to make it this far without destroying itself in the process.

    The chaos continues unabated…


    • David B. Benson says:

      The year 2024 is the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end…


      • Den says:

        Your post got caught in a rift of the time/space continuum and was posted at 9, it is’nt 9 yet, I reset the time because the WP Gurus have not figured a way to let it happen automaticcaly, go figure.


  4. Den says:

    Go away kid, ya bother me!


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