The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, historically referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury", or the "White Hurricane", was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario from November 7 through November 10, 1913. The storm was most powerful on November 9, battering and overturning ships on four of the five Great Lakes, particularly Lake Huron.
The SS Meteor, an exaqmple of a whaleback freighter. A whaleback has a hull that is continuously curved above the waterline. Only the rounded portion of the hull was above the waterline when fully loaded.