- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 6, 2006
John and Richie dive on the remains of a ferry which sank in a Force-9 gale in 1929.
- Did the captain of a railroad car ferry make a fatal mistake during a 1929 gale?
- Extraordinary photography captures every step of these underwater missions.
- World renowned wreck diver John Chatterton exposes long submerged secrets.
Armed with the latest underwater technology, driven by boundless curiosity and steeled with courage, the DEEP SEA DETECTIVES travel the globe to visit long-lost shipwrecks and other enticing treasures of the deep. With their incredible expertise and experience, John Chatterton and the other Detectives bring tales to the surface that have been submerged for generations.
Railroad car ferries were once thought to be some of the safest vessels on the Great Lakes, built to withstand ice and waves year round. But on October 22nd, 1929, the SS Milwaukee sailed into a Force-9 Gale and disappeared. Was it foolishness on the part of the ship's captain, Robert "Heavy Weather" McKay? Or was he ordered to sail by the railroad company? Was there a design flaw with the ship itself? Or was there a conspiracy to cover up unsafe business practices? John and Richie brave the dark waters of Lake Michigan to search for evidence about the accident. Using cutting-edge technology, fascinating underwater footage, and expert interviews, they compare the official post-accident investigation with the wreck itself.