The Phantom Ship, Crater Lake

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The Phantom Ship, Crater Lake

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Introduction:
   Phantom Ship is a small island in Crater Lake in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is a natural rock formation pillar which derives its name from its resemblance to a ghost ship, especially in foggy and low-light conditions.

The Phantom Ship, Crater Lake

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The lake is a caldera that was formed when Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago after an volcanic eruption. The lake’s depth was first measured in 1886 with a pipe and piano wire, and this measurement was surprisingly accurate, only 53 feet more than the more modern sonar sounding of 1,943 feet at the lake’s deepest point

The Phantom Ship, Crater Lake

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The island is about 500 feet long and reaches a maximum width of 200 feet near the east end. Its east-west ridge of spires, towering 170 feet above the water, sharply divides most of the island into two slopes.

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