Shipwreck Saturday: The Wreck of the Minnehaha

Taking on Water, photo by Aaron Springer “She was built in 1880 [by Linn & Craig in Gibralter, Michigan] and has been unfortunate from the start. Two years ago [in 1891] she was wrecked near Detour [at the north end of Lake Huron], and remained on the rocks all winter, being abandoned to the underwriters,…

Coast Guard shares Manitou Passage shipwrecks from above

Wreckage of the Rising Sun, photo by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City Yesterday the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City shared a collection of photos from the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve, writing” We can call it “Shipwreck Sunday” – With Lake Michigan ice gone for the season the crystal clear, deep blue waters of northern Michigan are…

Low water exposes Grand Haven shipwreck graveyard

Grand Haven Shipwrecks, photo by Kevin Ryan mLive has a feature on how our historically low water levels have revealed a number of shipwrecks in Grand Haven: Maritime archaeologist and director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum Kenneth Pott said the area around Harbor Island was an apparent dumping zone for abandoned vessels and 1930s aerials…

Whitefish Point Lighthouse & The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Whitefish Point Lighthouse, photo by heidigoseek. Heidi writes This light, the oldest active on Lake Superior, began operating in 1849, though the present tower was constructed later. Early a stopping place for Indians, voyageurs, and Jesuit missionaries, the point marks a course change for ore boats and other ships navigating this treacherous coastline to and…

Michigan in Pictures Top 5 for 2015

It’s that time of year when I look back and try to remember what happened, a task that is made a lot easier by the nifty analytics provided by the good folks at WordPress.com (and the questionable folks at Facebook). One thing that happened was the re-design of Michigan in Pictures to feature bigger photos, something…

November 18, 1958: The Wreck of the Carl D Bradley

Steamer Carl D Bradley Rogers City Mich, photo by UpNorth Memories/Don Harrison Every year, I revisit the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10th. I do this because I remember the ferocity of the winds on the day of the wreck vividly from my childhood, because as a Michigander Lightfoot’s song is probably coded in…

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

SS Edmund Fitzgerald Underway, photo via Wikimedia Commons I went and bought all of the old newspapers, got everything in chronological order, and went ahead and did it because I already had a melody in my mind. It was from an old Irish dirge that I heard when I was about three and a half…

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…

The Indian Drum

Petoskey Breakwall, photo by Julie A. Christiansen Earlier this week I posted about The Crooked Tree. While August isn’t yet shipwreck season in Michigan, the post reminded me of the 1915 novel by William MacHarg & Edwin Balmer set in the same region called The Indian Drum. The whole book is available online at Project…

#TBT: Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley

Carl D. Bradley, photo by John Rochon If you know of any shipwreck on the Great Lakes, chances are it’s the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. While that was no doubt a terrible tragedy, my vote for the most grievous loss is the S.S. Carl D Bradley which sank 56 years ago next Tuesday on November 18,…