Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Shipwreck Coast, Michigan's Upper Peninsula-- Part 2: A Major Artery

As sad as the wrecks and deaths in this stretch of coast, one good thing is that many of the wrecks are very accessible.  Masts of some still protrude above the water a century after they sank.  The remains of others are even on shore and those fully sunk can be seen from a glass-bottom boat.

Plus, the surroundings include Michigan's magnificent Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


This stretch of the Great Lakes was a major thoroughfare for cargo ships hauling iron ore from Michigan's Marquette mines to Cleveland, Chicago and beyond.  Other ships carried passengers and pine.  Then there were also fresh water buccaneers eager to take the cargoes of the other ships.


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