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

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

The Wreck of the Westmorland

The Wreck of the Westmorland by Chris Roxburgh Chris Roxburgh is a diver and photographer who is one of my favorite follows on Facebook. About this photo he writes: The Westmorland shipwreck located in a 200’ deep unpublished location in Lake Michigan. After many wreck hunters tirelessly searched for this vessel rumored to have whiskey … Continue reading The Wreck of the Westmorland

Believe in Michigan’s Unbelievable Places

Beneath the Waves of Thunder Bay, photo by US National Marine Sanctuaries Emily Bingham of mLive said that she created this list of Amazing Michigan places because “One of my favorite geeky things is meeting someone from out of state and showing them a photo of, say, Grand Portal Point or Empire Bluffs and hearing them say … Continue reading Believe in Michigan’s Unbelievable Places

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