Ship Wreaks

Lady Elgin 1860

300 Lives Taken With The Horrific Sinking of the Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan

On a September night in 1960 the steamer Lady Elgin and schooner Augusta collided near Winnetka Illinois with such force that they almost split each other openly. Within 20 minutes, Lady Elgin was breaking apart and sinking. The Lady Elgin disaster remains the most significant loss of life on open water in the Great Lakes history.