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A 4-day blizzard with hurricane-force winds that ravaged the Great Lakes, finally subsided on this day in 1913. The storms sunk or destroyed 18 ships and stranded 19 more. It was the deadliest and most destructive disaster on the Great Lakes. The loss in souls was in the hundreds while the value of ships and cargo tallied $5 million in 1913, equivalent to about $121 million today.