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

The Great Storm of 1913 and the Charles S. Price

I’ve featured the worst storm in Great Lakes history before, but ThumbWind has a cool feature on The Great Storm of 1913 that includes some interesting information and photos. It says in part: …the most savage storm in the history of the Great Lakes swept the inland waters November 7-12, 1913 resulting in much greater loss … Continue reading The Great Storm of 1913 and the Charles S. Price

Colors of Crisp Point

Colors of Crisp Point, photo by John Rothwell Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light says that Crisp Point Lighthouse is located on the Lake Superior coastline between Whitefish Point and Grand Island. It’s one of the most beautiful stretches of shoreline in all of the Midwest and: It is difficult to imagine that during the 1800’s … Continue reading Colors of Crisp Point

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 … Continue reading Michigan in Pictures Top 5 for 2015

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

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 … Continue reading The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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