Fury Approaches, photo by Jamie MacDonald Pow! View Jamie’s photo from Kirk Park Beach in West Olive bigger, see more in his Stormy Weather slideshow, and visit jmacdonaldphoto.com for more of his work.
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 … Continue reading Fury: The White Hurricane 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 … Continue reading Freshwater Fury: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re a person who doesn’t like my personal comments and viewpoints, particularly when they veer into the political realm, please consider browsing the beach, lighthouse, or animals categories today because you better believe I am veering that direction today. I’d like to add that I recognize that for many of you, Michigan in Pictures … Continue reading This United States of America stuff is for real folks.
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 … Continue reading Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978
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 … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 and the Last Voyage of the Henry B. Smith
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 … Continue reading Waugoshance Morning
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 … Continue reading 100 Years after the Great Storm of 1913
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 … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 at Pointe Aux Barques
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. … Continue reading Middle Island Lighthouse in Lake Huron