William Forsythe CYPRUS Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0129

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research materials regarding the sinking of the CYPRUS collected by William Forsythe. After the discovery of the shipwreck in 2007, Forsythe conducted extensive research on the history of the vessel, its technology, and its crew. Materials collected include photographs, newspaper and periodical articles, genealogical and burial information on the crew, patent data, and correspondence with other researchers. The research materials are available in both physical and digital formats. Additionally, the collection contains a PowerPoint about the history of the CYPRUS entitled "Remember the CYPRUS", and underwater video footage taken of the wreck upon its discovery in 2007.


  • 1970-2011


.83 Cubic Feet (2 letter manuscript boxes)


Ship History

The CYPRUS was built as American Shipbuilding Company Hull #353 at Lorain, Ohio, in 1907. It was commissioned by Pickands-Mather & Company of Cleveland, and owned/operated by their subsidiary Lackawanna Steamship Company. On October 11, 1907, the CYPRUS encountered a moderate-strength gale and was lost, only 21 days after launch. The vessel was headed to Buffalo, New York, from Superior, Wisconsin, with a cargo of iron ore. Out of the 23 crew members aboard, only one survived. The wreck of the CYPRUS was accidentally discovered in August 2007 by a team from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society who were searching for the wreck of the D.M. CLEMSON.

Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright, and are responsible for securing permissions necessary for publication or reproduction.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by David Swayze on behalf of William Forsythe.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archivist Bob Graham in 2011.



Guide to the William Forsythe CYPRUS Collection
Mark Sprang
March 2022
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