Propeller RUSSIA - Saved by the Light

Join Great Lakes shipwreck enthusiast, Mark Gammage, as he shares the tragic story of the 19th-century package freighter Russia. This presentation chronicles the history of the propeller Russia from being built in Buffalo in 1872, incidents during its 37-year career, to its foundering during a violent gale near Detour, Michigan on the evening of April 30th, 1909. The foundering is brought to life with a firsthand account from the lone passenger, Alexander Mathers. The survival of the crew was possible by being able to navigate to the safety of the mouth of the St. Mary’s River with the aid of the Point Detour lighthouse. Accounts from the lighthouse logbook, written by the keeper William Campbell, describe the inclement weather and the loss of the Russia. The search for the Russia covered decades and were conducted by well known and successful shipwreck hunters. A historical perspective is given along with underwater video of the ship and its cargo. A short Power Point detailing John Charles McLean’s and a short video of a personal account of a crew member from 1906 illustrates life onboard the Russia.

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