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, … Continue reading Shipwreck Saturday: The Wreck of the Minnehaha

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 … Continue reading Coast Guard shares Manitou Passage shipwrecks from above

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 … Continue reading Low water exposes Grand Haven shipwreck graveyard

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 … Continue reading Whitefish Point Lighthouse & The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

White Shoal Light & Terry Pepper

White Shoal Light by Joel Dinda Terry Pepper was almost certainly the greatest champion ever for the lighthouses of the Great Lakes. Although he passed in 2019, his Seeing the Light website remains as a fantastic resource for the lighthouses of the western Great Lakes. The White Shoal Lighthouse entry says (in part, because these … Continue reading White Shoal Light & Terry Pepper

Superior’s Wink

Superior’s Wink by James Woolcock Back in May, James took this photo & shared: “Superior, for our 8 days along your shores, your waters have been so calm, belying your reputation as the angry instrument of so many shipwrecks. I get the wink, o’ great one. I won’t tell a soul.” See more from James … Continue reading Superior’s Wink

South Fox Island Light Station

South Fox Island Light Station by Dusty Klifman / Blueyes Below My company recently completed a new website for the Fox Island Lighthouse Association. Their website explains: The South Fox Light Station is located 22 miles offshore in NW Lake Michigan, south of Beaver Island and north of the Manitous. The 115 acres of MI … Continue reading South Fox Island Light Station

Ring the Bell for the Fitz

Ship’s Bell by Bill Today is the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, and if you’re in Michigan, you’ll probably hear The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot today. I’m pretty sure, however, that you won’t enjoy it more than when you’re watching this video. Joseph Fulton put together … Continue reading Ring the Bell for the Fitz

The Wreck of The Nordmeer

Wreck of the Nordmeer by Chris Roxburgh The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary page on the 471′ cargo freighter Nordmeer that wrecked in 1966 in Thunder Bay says: The career of the motorship Nordmeer ended abruptly when it miscalculated a turn and ran aground 7 miles northeast of Thunder Bay Island. Some crewmen stayed on … Continue reading The Wreck of The Nordmeer

Spray Falls in the Pictured Rocks

Spray Falls by Michigan Nut Photography Just can’t get enough of John’s photos from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Pictured Rocks’ Waterfall page says: Located about 1.75 miles northeast of Chapel Beach. Spray Falls plunges about 70 feet over the Pictured Rocks cliffs directly into Lake Superior. This remote waterfall is best viewed from the … Continue reading Spray Falls in the Pictured Rocks