Along the Graveyard Coast

November 3, 2007

Keel at Au Sable

Keel at Au Sable, photo by swaneesimpalass.

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore says that the shipwrecks of Lake Superior’s “Graveyard Coast” represent many eras of shipping. They are relatively well preserved because they have been spared from the human pressures of population and industry.

Some of them have lost their names, while others like the Mary Jarecki or the Annie M Peterson retain some of their stories:

The Annie M. Peterson was a 2-masted wooden schooner-barge built in 1874. She sank in a storm on November 19, 1914 off the mouth of Two-Hearted River on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, when she was lost from her towline, and broke up offshore in heavy seas.

Winter storms in 2003 revealed her ice-encased remains, embedded in the Lake Superior shoreline, about 6 miles east of Grand Marais. Last I heard, she had disappeared again.

Click over to Bruce Moore’s site for the a map to the wreck and stay tuned to Absolute Michigan keyword shipwreck (there’s already a ton of stuff there!) and Michigan in Pictures all November for tales of the wrecks and information about museums, preserves and web sites to learn more about the unfortunate side of Michigan’s rich maritime history.

2 Responses to “Along the Graveyard Coast”

  1. barbara Says:

    This is an amazing shot. I have never seen anything quite like it.

  2. michael Says:

    very nice from a mich native now in the mountains of northern ny


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