Chicago Shipwrecks

The dangers of Chicago’s waters, where more people have lost their lives than anywhere else on the Great Lakes, are twofold.  Chicago’s position near the far southern end of the lake leaves it exposed to the full fury of northern gale waters that have been driven the full 300 miles of the lake.  Off Chicago, ships have little leeway with which to run before a powerful storm.  Compounding this danger is the large volume of shipping that has historically converged on the city, creating the potential for a disastrous collision.