1895 Steamship Wreck Discovered in Lake Huron by Documentary Filmmakers

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In 1882, the steamship Africa and her tow, the Severn, encountered a windstorm off the Saugeen Peninsula. The storm caused severe damage to both vessels, leading Captain Larsen to release the Severn from her tow line. The crew of the Severn worked tirelessly to keep their ship afloat, while worrying about the Africa. Eventually, the Africa disappeared and the Severn struck a reef a few hours later. The crew of the Severn were eventually rescued, but the Africa was never seen again.

Debris from the Africa washed up sporadically for nearly a year after the wreck, including personal belongings and letters. Several bodies were also found, including that of Forest, who was wearing a life preserver with the name of the Africa. The lighthouse keeper on Lyal Island found King, who had tried to save himself by swimming to shore. The wreck of the Africa is believed to still contain human remains, but without any obvious signs, it cannot be declared a gravesite.

The exact location of the Africa has been kept secret to prevent interference with the final resting place of her crew. The tragedy serves as a reminder of the tough lives sailors faced and the dangers they encountered on Lake Huron.

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