At about 19:15, the Fitzgerald suddenly plunged toward the bottom 530 feet down, carrying all crew members with her. She remains intact going down, but when her bow stikes, the 729-foot vessel's cargo shifts and the hull breaks apart under the impact.(From Broken Seas: Illustration by Marlin Bree)
Hitting the bottom, the 253-foot aft section turns over, lying bottom side up. The 276-foot forward section sits upright,a s if ready to sail on. In between lies a junkyard. All of the crew perished in her fatal plunge. (From Broken Seas: Illustration by Marlin Bree)
The lost schooner Alvin Clark floats on her own lines after being underwater for more than 100 years --- the most exciting, oldest, and most significant recovered shipwreck in North America. Read an excerpt at left.