May 3, 1905: The wreck of the Hesper

On this day in 1905 the 250-foot steamer Hesper was headed to Duluth when her captain, E. H. Heaton, apparently drew her too close to the North Shore near Beaver Bay. The vessel became caught in the breakers and washed up over a reef. Caught between the reef and the shore, the Hesper was pounded against rock. Heaton and his mate had two lifeboats lowered, and everyone on board escaped just minutes before the Hesper sank. The crew then walked to Beaver Bay and later boarded the tug B. B. Inman, which brought them to Duluth. The wreck was considered a total loss and not salvaged, and remains at the bottom of Lake Superior today. The wreck site is now part of the Silver Bay Harbor (Silver Bay was founded in 1943). Use our search feature and enter the word “shipwreck” for more stories about vessels lost to Lake Superior.

The Hesper. (Great Lakes Vessel Index)