Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories


Visitors could diveinto the secrets and stories of the “inland seas” in the special exhibition: Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories. They learned how inclement weather combined with bad decisions, poor design, and bad luck can end in tragedy.

The exhibition included recovered artifacts and fascinating personal stories of crews and loved ones on memorable ships such as the SS Milwaukee, Carl D. Bradley and the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The exhibition included a special interactive component developed in collaboration with Ferris State University. Local students designed video games that allowed visitors of all ages to play the role of Great Lakes captains, crews and lifesaving teams.

The exhibit was at the museum from November 10, 2012 through November 10, 2013.


The Eastland capsized on the Chicago River, July 24, 1915
Photo Courtesy of The Eastland Disaster Historical Society


K-12 Educators can find our Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories Educator Resource Guide here
Great Lakes Shipwrecks is sponsored by: