Sunday, August 20, 2006

DEEP SEA DETECTIVES: Train Wreck In Lake Michigan

The railroad car ferries were some of the safest vessels on the Great Lakes, built to withstand ice and waves year round. But on October 22nd, 1929, the SS Milwaukee sailed into a force 9 gale and disappeared.

Was it foolishness on the part of the ship's captain, Robert "Heavy Weather" McKay? Or was he ordered to sail by the railroad company? Was there a design flaw with the ship itself? Or was there a conspiracy to cover up unsafe business practices?

John Chatterton and Richie Kohler compare the official post-accident investigation with the wreck itself, and re-write history.


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