1839 shipwreck found in Lake Ontario
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/29/2013 - 07:14 ] #The sunken remains of a vessel that’s believed
to be the oldest confirmed commercial schooner shipwreck in the Great
Lakes has been found in Lake Ontario near Oswego, where it went down
during a fierce storm in 1839, a team of New York-based underwater
Jim Kennard of
Fairport, Roger Pawlowski of Gates and Roland Stevens of Poultneyville
said Thursday they located the wreck of the Atlas last month while
searching for sunken ships on Lake Ontario’s eastern end. The team’s
side-scan sonar found the shipwreck in more than 200 feet of water about
2 miles north of Oswego, Kennard said. more...
House considers Sleeping Bear wilderness
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/29/2013 - 07:13 ] #Legislation under consideration in Congress
would designate about 32,500 acres within the Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore as wilderness.
The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the
measure this week in Washington, D.C. It would ensure that natural
features of the wilderness areas would be preserved, while county roads,
historical structures and public access to Lake Michigan would be
Tall ships make a grand entry
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/29/2013 - 07:08 ] #
There’s something about those tall ships. They make every kid yell
“cool” and adults click away with cameras, their mouths agape.
Dorothy Church of Grand Rapids may have worded it best as she sat on
the north pier nearly under the Aerial Lift Bridge just after the
Peacemaker made a dramatic pass.
“I’m always amazed at what it
must have been like,” Church said. “It makes me nostalgic, even though I
wasn’t around 200 years ago.” more...
15 Reasons to Love Summer in Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/15/2013 - 07:13 ] #Summer is officially underway in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season, we asked fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram “What do you love most about summertime in Pure Michigan?”
From outdoor events and festivals to long days at the beach and much more, summer means something special to everyone. Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what summer in Michigan means to you! more...
CSL Adds New Trillium Self-Unloaders to Lakes Fleet
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/15/2013 - 07:11 ] #Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) third of four newly-built Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, Whitefish Bay, is
being prepared for its maiden voyage through the Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence Seaway System. The ship recently arrived in Montreal after a
long ocean voyage from its shipyard in the People's Republic of China
Longboats pull in for overnight stay this week
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/15/2013 - 07:08 ] #
In the days of sailing ships a vessel would carry several ship's boats
for various uses. One would be a longboat, an open boat to be rowed by
eight or ten oarsmen, two per thwart.
The longboat was double banked, its rowing benches were designed to accommodate two men each pulling an oar on opposite sides.
longboat would have fairly fine lines aft to permit its use in steep
waves such as surf or wind against tide where need be. Like other ships'
boats, the longboat could be rigged for sailing but was primarily a
pulling boat. more...
Cruise the great lakes on new ship
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/10/2013 - 06:16 ] #
Next year, one of the most interesting small ship cruise lines to
debut in a long time will enter service with a single 210-passenger
vessel - and for Canadians, they'll offer several innovative itineraries
that are close to home.
Pearl Seas Cruises (pearlseascruises.com)
was founded with the goal to provide small-ship luxury adventure
cruises aboard new ships, which is where the still-being-built Pearl
Mist comes in.
Rather than retrofitting an existing vessel, the line chose to create one from the ground up to ensure no detail was overlooked. more...
Jeff Daniels talking about the U.P. of Michigan on David Letterman
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/10/2013 - 06:00 ] #Favorite quote from the interview – David Letterman, “It’s [Grand Hotel
and Mackinac Island] stunningly beautiful and picturesque!” Jeff
Daniels, “Especially if you’re eating some fudge and you’re sitting on a
1958 film – Mackinac Bridge The Five Mile Dream
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/10/2013 - 05:58 ] #
This 1958 film celebrated the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.
It’s a nice little 10 minute look at how the bridge came to be built.
55 years ago this Friday, the Mackinac Bridge was officially
dedicated. While the bridge opened on, November 1, 1957, it was not
officially dedicated until the following summer on June 28, 1958. more...
Prime beaches along the Lake Erie coast
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/2/2013 - 05:43 ] #
Seven top beaches, one for every Ohio county bordering Lake Erie:
Maumee Bay State Park
Lake Erie's westernmost beach is also among the most entertaining.
Beach volleyball? Check. Jet Ski rentals? Check. Sand, surf, concerts
and more? Check, check, check, check.
The beach, part of a state resort complex, is also adjacent to a golf
course, hiking trails, a nature center and 120-room lodge. So when you
get bored with the sand -- or the weather turns nasty -- there are lots
of alternative activities close by. more...
Tall ships in Port Dalhousie inspire wannabe pirates
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/2/2013 - 05:42 ] #
ST. CATHARINES - There's nothing like the sight of varnished teak, polished brass and coiled rigging to bring out the pirate in all of us.
"Look at me, Mom! Pirates do this all the time!" said four-year-old
Liam Semple of Waterloo, hanging from the rigging of the Pride of
Baltimore II, during the two-day 1812 St. Catharines Tall Ships visit in
Port Dalhousie. "Take a picture," he instructed his mother, Roshan Dore
But no one looked more pirate-ish Sunday than five-year-old Wolf
Phelps of Fort Erie, who used the occasion of the visit of the Pride of
Baltimore, Unicorn and Lynx to don full pirate garb, including boots,
hat, dreadlocks, and painted-by-mom goatee and mustache.
"He'd go to school like that every day if we let him," said Debra
Phelps, Wolf's mother. Ever since Wolf watched the movie Pirates of the
Caribbean two years ago, he's been digging for treasure in the yard, she
Y’all in the Great Lakes wouldn’t have just slaw with your Coke and crawdads
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/20/2013 - 05:48 ] #
A while back I wrote about the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, a phrase language experts use to describe an accent particular to our region.
It’s not just the accent. A North Carolina State University statistics graduate student recently published a series of maps showing regional variation in word use.
A good one is the generic phrase we use to describe a sweetened
carbonated beverage. The map created by Joshua Katz shows that people on
the West Coast and in the Northeast call it soda. In the south it is
referred to as Coke – even when it’s a beverage other than Coke. more...
Take A Summer Lighthouse Tour in Pure Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/20/2013 - 05:38 ] #
Did you know that Michigan is home to more lighthouses than
any other state? With the official start of summer just days away, it’s
the perfect time to plan a Michigan lighthouse tour.
More than 115 lighthouses are scattered up and down the coasts of Pure
Michigan, guiding sailors and capturing imaginations. Some still shine
for ships, others share their stories with us first-hand as museums, as
bed and breakfasts and as Michigan history in the making. more...
Detroit RiverWalk brings millions of dollars to city
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/17/2013 - 07:26 ] #
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is celebrating its 10th
anniversary this week with a new economic impact study showing millions
of dollars in benefits for the city from the operation of the RiverWalk.
the findings of the study: Annual spending by visitors, residents,
employees and other operations along the riverfront is estimated at
$43.7 million, while tax revenue generated by ongoing riverfront
activity is estimated at $4.5 million annually. more...
Great Lakes Water Levels Rising Due to Rainfall
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:50 ] #Western New York has been getting some changing weather the past few weeks.
Some of it has been nice. A lot of it has been rain.
And all the rain added up is helping boaters and those who rely on our Great Lakes everyday.
"We've had some pretty good rainfall over all the Great Lakes over
the last couple of weeks," said George Cotroneo, chief of U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Buffalo division.
And so far this month, Buffalo's gotten 3.8 inches of rainfall. In the month of June, that's 2.5 inches above average. more...
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