The Lake Michigan Triangle
Though not as famous or globally known as The Bermuda Triangle, the Lake Michigan Triangle legend also has a history of unexplained disappearances.
Stretching from Ludington to Benton Harbor, Michigan and to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the Lake Michigan Triangle has inspired numerous accounts of activity that are difficult to explain.
Thomas Hume in 1891:
A schooner named Thomas Hume and its 7 sailors disappeared. No sign of the ship was ever found. There was an extensive search effort which failed to yield even a piece of driftwood
Rosa Belle in 1921:
11 people on the Rosa Belle disappeared and their ship was found overturned and floating in Lake Michigan. While it appeared that the ship had been damaged in a collision, no other ship had reported an accident and no other remains had been found
Disappearance of Captain Donner in 1937:
On April 28, 1937, Captain Donner vanished from his cabin, after guiding his ship through icy waters. 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 in1950:
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.
Over the years, the legend of the triangle has grown and many UFO or “strange bright lights” sightings have been reported in the area.