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The Devil's Triangle of Lake Michigan, Rival to the Bermuda Triangle

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History is full of unexplained happenings on land, on the sea, and in the air.

Devil's Triangle, Lake Michigan

Devil's Triangle, Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Statistics

Lake Michigan is the second largest of the five Great Lakes and is considered the deadliest of the lakes. It covers14,339,000 acres, is 1180 cubic miles, has1638 miles of shoreland. The deepest part of Lake Michigan is 922 feet and can have waves as high as 18 feet. Over 1500 sunken ships lie in their graves.

The Bermuda Triangle gets the most publicity, but the Devil's Triangle of Lake Michigan is full of many mysterious legends. One particular myth is of the schooner Rouse Simmons, known as the Christmas Tree Ship. For several years, Captain Herman E. Schueneman would load his ship with Christmas Trees bound for Chicago. On the night of 11/22/1917, he encountered a severe storm with a whole load of his trees and soon fought a gale storm. His ship and crew aboard vanished at sea. For weeks, Christmas trees were found lining the shores.

Captain Schueneman became known as Captain "Santa" because of his generosity to the poor and underprivileged. Every December, the Coast Guard cutter Mackinac makes a ceremonial run to Chicago to deliver Christmas Trees to the less fortunate.

One day in 1971, a scuba diver, Gordan Kent Bellrichard, accidentally discovered the wreck of the Rouse Simmons while searching for another wreck. He found the wreck in 172 feet of water off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, with the hold still full of Christmas trees, still with its green needles. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 2007.

Rouse Simmons

Rouse Simmons

Wreck of Rouse Simmons

Wreck of Rouse Simmons

Christmas Ships

Christmas Ships

Unexplained Notable Happenings Of Devil's Triangle

In May 1891, the schooner Thomas Hume unloaded its hold and departed for the return trip to Muskegon.

On October 30, 1921, the Rosa Belle sank with eleven people on board, and no survivors were ever found. It was found bottom-up west of Milwaukee, Wis.

An unusual mystery surrounds the schooner O.B. Macfarland and the disappearance of Captain George Donner. Donner had left for a brief rest in his cabin and left word for his following command to wake him soon. The crew went to wake Donner but received no word after knocking. The door was locked from within, and the crew knocked it down only to find the cabin empty. The whole ship was searched with no sign of the captain.

The unexplained Flight #2501 left New York for Seattle with a stopover in Wisconsin. On 6/23/1950, 58 souls and the plane ran into a significant storm and could not land at a nearby airport due to heavy traffic. Two policemen reported seeing a strange red light hovering over the lake then disappearing after ten minutes. No survivors or passengers were ever found. Years of searching by the Michigan Shipwreck Association (MSRA) and explorer Clive Cussler of the famous NUMA Research company failed to find anything.

In 1919, two large balls of fire shook the earth. The New York Times reported it as a giant meteor, and many believed it was UFOs as reported by locals.

In 1940, three massive freighters and two tug boats sunk off Pentwater, Michigan, killing 64 sailors. It was unusual that all five ships sunk on the same day and within the triangle.


NW Flight #2501

NW Flight #2501

Thomas Hume

Thomas Hume

Other Mysterious Triangles

Other Triangles with mysteries:

  • Bridgewater Triangle, Boston, Massachusetts. Also called the Black Triangle
  • Bennington Triangle, SW Vermont. Number of people missing
  • Dragon's Triangle, Devil's Sea, Japan
  • Matlock Triangle, Derbyshire, England. Many UFO sightings


Sources Used

https://www.historycollection.com

https://www.archives.gov

https://www.greatlakesboating.com

https://www.milwaukeemag.com

https://www.historydaily.org

Comments

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2021:

I was writing my comments when the article suddenly changed into the annoying format. I will begin again.

I didn't know about the Bermuda Triangle in Lake Michigan. This is a very interesting article, Fran. Growing up in Lakewood, OH, we only heard about our shallow Lake Erie, and the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Thanks for expanding my knowledge.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 25, 2021:

Thanks for your visit, Peggy. I appreciate your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2021:

Thanks for introducing us to these unusual stories about the Devil's Triangle. I was unfamiliar with it and the other mysterious triangles around the world. The Bermuda Triangle seems to get much more worldwide attention.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 25, 2021:

Rosina, always treasure your comments. There are certainly many unexplained happenings around the world. Thanks for stopping by.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 25, 2021:

Joanne, glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoyed the article.

Joanne Hayle from Wiltshire, U.K. on October 25, 2021:

I'd not heard of this triangle before. It definitely raises questions about how and why these events occur in that space. Thanks for sharing, enjoyed!

Rosina S Khan on October 25, 2021:

The triangle of Lake Michigan is certainly mysterious- diappearance of ship crews and air plane passengers and crews, which no one so far has been able to fathom. I guess the Devil's triangle is hard to decipher. Thank you for an interesting article, Fran.

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