The Discovery of the Hydrus

Winner of the 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award for "Best Feature Reporting (Video)"

For over 30 years the Hydrus was the one ship on the bottom of Lake Huron that 75-year-old shipwreck hunter David Trotter wanted to find, he found it in July of 2015.

The Hydrus sank in Lake Huron during the Great Storm of 1913. A fierce storm with 80 mph winds, waves at 35 feet, sinking 12 freighters which killed 250 people,
Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

  • Role Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
  • For Detroit Free Press
  • Date November 9, 2015
  • URL tinyurl.com/HydrusShipwreck
  • Gear Used Canon c100, 5D Mark 3's, GoPro's, Premiere Pro

For over 30 years the Hydrus was the one ship on the bottom of Lake Huron that 75-year-old shipwreck hunter David Trotter wanted to find. In July of 2015 he and the divers he works with found the 434 foot freighter using side scan sonar. The Hydrus sunk in Lake Huron during the Great Storm of 1913. It was a fierce storm with 80 mph winds, waves at 35 feet and killed 250 people, sinking 12 freighters. This video story is about the history of the storm, the search and discovery of the Hydrus and the first dive made on this historic find. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press