GLSHS Finds 2 of the 3 Lost Vessels that Disappeared over a Century Ago

WHITEFISH POINT, MICH. – The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) along with Marine Sonic Technology, is thrilled to announce the discovery of two vessels that sank in Lake Superior on November 18th, 1914.

November 18th, 1914, the Steamship C.F. Curtis was towing the schooner barges Selden E. Marvin and Annie M. Peterson from Baraga, Michigan (Lake Superior) to Tonawanda, New York, all with a load of lumber. The three ships soon found themselves battling through howling winds, snow squalls and punishing waves. Sadly, the Curtis, Marvin, and Peterson were never seen again. Not one person from the trio survived, 28 lives were lost that day.

In 2021 GLSHS located 9 lost vessels including the C.F. Curtis. This discovery was a huge highlight for the team that summer. This ship that went missing over 100 years ago, was only a piece of the puzzle though…what about the Marvin and the Peterson? One year later in the summer of 2022, after a lot of work and a hint of luck, the crew in the Shipwreck Society’s research vessel, David Boyd, came across another shipwreck within a few miles of the Curtis. After putting the organization’s ROV on the wreck it soon became apparent that the Marvin had been located!

Finding the Curtis and the Marvin are significant historic discoveries in American history as they were all part of the Hines Lumber industry, one of the biggest lumber companies of that era. On November 18th, 1914, they lost almost one quarter of their fleet in one horrific storm.

When the GLSHS first saw the name Selden E. Marvin is an event that can never be reproduced. The raw emotion and joy of a new find is intense, and we had cameras rolling capturing our excitement!

“It was a career highlight to have witnessed the discovery of the Marvin” GLSHS board member and maritime historian, Ric Mixter, said “as it not only solved a chapter in the nation’s darkest day in lumber history, but also showcased a team of historians who have dedicated their lives towards making sure these stories aren’t forgotten.”

“The combined losses of the C.F. Curtis, Selden E. Marvin and Annie M. Peterson have comprised one of the more tragic stories of shipwreck on the Great Lakes and certainly became one of the Lake Superior’s enduring mysteries. Executive Director, Bruce Lynn, of the GLSHS said, “To locate the Curtis and Marvin in a space of two years has been amazing…now we just have to find the Peterson!”

The GLSHS is searching for the Peterson!

“It’s one of our goals to find the Peterson, Director of Marine Operations for the GLSHS, Darryl Ertel said, “it would be great to know where all 3 wrecks are lying on the bottom of Superior, and finally be able to tell the stories of the Curtis, Marvin and Peterson.”

This moment of maritime history and discovery will be showcased in the video we have on our website and other streaming sites.

For more photos, interviews and video, please contact: 
Corey Adkins, Communications/Contact Director GLSHS.

C.F. Curtis Underwater Footage

C.F. Curtis Underwater Photo Gallery

Selden E. Marvin Underwater Footage

Selden E. Marvin Underwater Photo Gallery