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 About this photo he writes: The Westmorland shipwreck located in a 200’ deep unpublished location in Lake Michigan.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

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

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 … Continue reading The Indian Drum

#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, … Continue reading #TBT: Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley