Fury: The White Hurricane of 1913

Furious Lake Michigan Petoskey, photo by Odalaigh. “No lake master can recall in all his experience a storm of such unprecedented violence with such rapid changes in the direction of the wind and its gusts of such fearful speed! Storms ordinarily of that velocity do not last over four or five hours, but this storm…

Freshwater Fury: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913

Charles S Price upside down, 1913,  Wikipedia Dear wife and Children. We were left up here in Lake Michigan by McKinnon, captain James H. Martin tug, at anchor. He went away and never said goodbye or anything to us. Lost one man yesterday. We have been out in storm forty hours. Goodbye dear ones, I…

Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard of ’78 – Somerset, MI, photo by Bill The most extensive and very nearly the most severe blizzard in Michigan history raged January 26, 1978 and into part of Friday January 27. About 20 people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm, most due to heart attacks or traffic accidents. At…

The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith

Henry B Smith LOC det 4a16048, photo by Detroit Publishing Co. (via Library of Congress) In November I like to share stories of some of the ships that have been lost in the most dangerous month of shipping on the Great Lakes. November is a month when owners and captains have historically sought to bet the margins…

Waugoshance Morning

Waugoshance Lighthouse – Morning, photo by lomeranger You can today’s photo under “dedication” as photographer Jason Lome hiked 18 miles hauling his camping gear in temperatures ranging from 0 to -20F to get this shot! You can purchase right here. The Waugoshance Shoals entry at Terry Pepper’s fantastic Seeing the Light website tells the origin of this ruined…

100 Years after the Great Storm of 1913

NovemberGaleGrandHaven-2, photo by Rich Wyllis 100 years ago today the most devastating storm in Great Lakes history began. It raged across the Great Lakes from November 7-10, 1913. As NOAA’s commemorative website explains: In November of 1913 the Great Lakes were struck by a massive storm system combining whiteout blizzard conditions and hurricane force winds. The…

The Great Storm of 1913 at Pointe Aux Barques

The U.S. Life Saving Station, early 1900s, photo courtesy Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society Glen Willis of the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society has an excellent article on The Great Storm of 1913 that explains that most historians agree that the most significant and most dreadful storm on Lake Huron took place over the weekend…

Middle Island Lighthouse in Lake Huron

Middle Island Light Station as viewed from the watch room gallery, photo by Terry Pepper The Middle Island Light Keepers Association (MILKA) and the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival “Museum” invite you to be a part of history on Monday, May 28, 2012. On that day, the General Service Administration will deliver a quitclaim deed and the U.S.…

Superior Seas and November in Michigan

Superior Seas, photo by PhotoYoop. “NOVEMBER, n. The eleventh twelfth of a weariness.” ~ Ambrose Bierce From simple weariness of the changing weather to the terrible fury of November storms, the month of November can take a heavy toll on Michiganders. Fortunately, there’s great events all across the state to help us get through. With…

Chevrolet Volt: Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt in Production, photo by ibmphoto24 A a lot of the sound and fury that has surrounded the Volt’s launch has tended to obscure a simple truth: This automobile is a game-changer. ~Motor Trend Magazine Motor Trend magazine has named the Chevrolet Volt its 2011 Car of the Year. The criteria for Car…