Miami Ghost Chronicles
There is an area between Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan and south to Benton Harbor that has its history of mysterious disappearances comparable to the Bermuda Triangle.
The triangle has accounted for numerous mysterious events, beginning in 1891, when a schooner named the Thomas Hume set off across Lake Michigan for lumber.
The Hume disappeared, along with its crew of seven sailors. Not even a trace of the boat was ever found.
Strange events continued occurring. Here are some of the notable cases:
The Rosa Belle Ship Mystery
In 1921, 11 people inside the Rosa Belle ship disappeared and their ship was found overturned in Lake Michigan.
The ship had been damaged in a collision, but no other ship had reported an accident and no other wreck was ever found.
Disappearance of Captain Donner
The bizarre case of Captain George R. Donner is one of the more mysterious triangle cases.
On April 28, 1937, Captain Donner vanished from his cabin, after guiding his ship the O.M. McFarland through icy waters. The date was also important as it was his 58th birthday.
The Captain went to his cabin to rest, and about three hours later, a crew member went to alert him that they were nearing the port.
The door was locked from the inside. The mate broke into the cabin, only to find it was empty.
A search turned up no clues, and Donner's disappearance remains unsolved.
The Disappearance of Northwest Flight 2501
One of the most mysterious cases over Lake Michigan happened in 1950 when Northwest Airlines flight 2501, which was carrying 58 people, crashed into Lake Michigan.
The plane was never found. At the time, it was the deadliest commercial airliner accident in American history.
The pilot had just requested to descend to 2,500 “because of a severe electrical storm which was lashing the lake with high velocity winds” when the plane disappeared from radar.
To this day, the plane wreckage has not been found, and the cause of the crash remains unknown.
About two hours after the last communication with flight 2501, two police officers reported seeing a strange red light hovering over Lake Michigan, and disappearing after 10 minutes, leading some to believe a UFO was to blame.
In September 2008, a researcher investigating the crash of Flight 2501 found an unmarked grave that she believes contains the remains of some of the 58 victims. Valerie van Heest says human remains from the June 1950 crash into Lake Michigan washed ashore and were buried in a mass grave. She claims they were buried in a St. Joseph-area cemetery without the knowledge of the victims' families, and the grave was never marked.
In a 2008 ceremony at the cemetery with 58 family members of Flight 2501, a large black granite marker was placed that now lists the names of the 58 and the words "In Memory of Northwest Flight 2501, June 23, 1950. Gone but Never Forgotten."
Another mass burial site was discovered in 2015 at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven. The site had long been unmarked, until two women working on a genealogy project happened to stumble upon it. St. Joe Monument Works donated a marker for the gravesite; it was delivered to the cemetery a few days before the 65th anniversary of the crash. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, a remembrance service was held at the grave site.
North America's Stonehenge Found in Lake Michigan
A popular theory blames the triangle mystery on an ancient underwater rock formation discovered in 2007.
The 40-foot ring of rocks resting underneath Lake Michigan has a very similar alignment to that of Stonehenge.
According to BLDGBLOG, in 2007, Mark Holley, professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan College, discovered a series of stones arranged in a circle 40 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan.
One stone outside the circle seems to have carvings that resemble a mastodon - an elephant-like animal that went extinct about 10,000 years ago.
"When you see it in the water, you're tempted to say, 'This is absolutely real,'" Holley told reporters at the time. "But that's what we need the experts to come in and verify."
Many have reported other strange occurrences in the triangle area, including UFO sightings.
Some have even claimed the triangle was a time portal and that it could bend time, calling the cause a "metaphysical force" with a supernatural vortex of energy.
Some blame the disappearances on the extreme weather often found on Lake Michigan, including strong squalls and high winds.
Source - ClickOnDetroit
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