The Wreck of the Henry Cort

Travel back in time to the 1934 storm that sank the Henry Cort.

To recognize the 85th anniversary of the wreck of the Henry Cort, the U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum has added a bonus lecture to its fall series. Local authors and explorers Valerie van Heest and Neal Zoss from the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association will be on hand to summarize the Henry Cort’s problematic career, including the story of the 1934 storm that sank the vessel off the north side of the Muskegon channel break wall. The program takes place at the U.S.S. Silversides Museum on Monday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

The 320-foot-long, 42-foot-wide, 2234 gross ton vessel was one of several built on the plans of the whaleback design developed by Alexander McDougall. After it struck the break wall on November 30, 1934, a U.S. Coast Guard crew member died when he washed out of the surfboat during an attempted rescue. His body has never been found.

A highlight of the presentation will be the MSRA’s underwater footage of what remains of the wreck, which sits in about 30 feet of water outside of the break wall. Curator Don Kitchen will also announce the plans for creating a Henry Cort memorial on the grounds of the museum.

This presentation is free for museum members and $5.00 for non-members. The museum is located at 1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon, MI 49441. 231-755-1230.

Event Properties

Event Date 11-18-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 11-18-2019 8:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price This presentation is free for museum members and $5.00 for non-members.
USS Silversides
1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI 49441, USA
USS Silversides