Great Lakes Shipwreck Speaker Series Event
Lake Erie has claimed more ships per square mile than any other body of freshwater.
One of the worst tragedies occurred on August 20, 1852 when the Atlantic, a steamboat carrying hundreds of people to Detroit collided with the steamer Ogdensburg. After the Atlantic made a stop in Erie to pick up more Norwegian immigrants, it was dangerously overcrowded, with 500-600 people on board. At least 150 or more lives were lost that day.
Don’t miss the first of the Shipwreck Speaker Series at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 pm. "INTERRUPTED JOURNEY - THE SAGA OF THE STEAMER ATLANTIC" will be presented by David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak.
They will share the events that led to the disaster and the rescue that saved hundreds of lives.