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Belle P. Cross: A Lake Superior Shipwreck

DSC_0978_2The mouth of the Gooseberry River is a great place to picnic, stroll, or fish for a day. But what most don’t know is that it was once the site of a major shipwreck. Years ago the North Shore cliffs were so difficult to manage for big logging ships, that some, like the Belle P. Cross, never made it. Along with the cliffs, the 15-foot rolling waves were a tough match for massive lumber vessels.

On April 29, 1903, the Belle P. Cross was driven inland by a snowstorm and sank at the mouth of the Gooseberry River, once the site of a major logging operation. Thankfully, no one was injured by the wreck. Due to the massive size of the logging dock, everyone managed to make it to shore.

Many people have snorkeled around the area but have not seen the sunken vessel. However, the anchor lies high above the shore weighing in at about 1,500 pounds. Visitors often try to lift the anchor for fun but all fall short of the three quarter ton monster. There is an old story that the anchor once traveled around Lake County in the back of a pick-up driven by four rebel kids. Imagine seeing that traveling down the road next to you!

To see the anchor for yourself, drive to Gooseberry Falls State Park (around 13 miles north of Two Harbors on MN-61). Take a right into the park and follow the signs down to the lakeshore parking area. After parking, continue by walking down to the mouth of the Gooseberry River (near the picnic area).

 


 

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