On this day in 1905...

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The freighter Mataafa wrecks near the lighthouse in Duluth harbor during a storm that sinks 18 ships on the Great Lakes in one day.

The storm, which brought hurricane force winds to Duluth, would later be renamed for the famous ship that split in two as it attempted to dock in the harbor.

Nine members of the crew froze to death because of the blistering cold winds and dropping temperatures as well as the ship splitting in half, and over two days the storm wrecked or damaged 29 ships, while 17 were stranded. 33 members of the ships died in total.

The Mataafa would be rebuilt and serve until 1966.

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