100 years ago a storm on the Great Lakes sank dozens of ships
I found it a riveting story. "It reads like the tale of the Titanic times a factor of at least a dozen. Freighters thought invulnerable to the weather cracked in two. Hundreds of sailors drowned. Sad farewell messages tucked inside glass bottles washed up on Lake Superior beaches. The “White Hurricane,” a cataclysmic storm which pounded Michigan 100 years ago this week, was quite simply the biggest, deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes. It’s also one of Michigan’s most epic tales. "
posted by leslies
on Nov 9, 2013 -
Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie: [New York Times]
"A thick and growing coat of toxic algae appears each summer, so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually."
posted by Fizz
on Mar 24, 2013 -
The Northern Cities Vowel Shift is radically changing the sound of English:
Despite fears that the growth of TV and radio would homogenize English dialects in the US, the Great Lakes region (from Syracuse to Milwaukee) has been in fact diverging with respect to how people there pronounce English words. Rob Mifsud writes: Consider the three-letter words that begin with b and end in t: bat, bet, bit, bot, and but. All five of those words contain short vowel sounds. Their long-vowel equivalents—bate, beet, bite, boat, boot, and bout—arrived at their modern pronunciations as a result of the Great Vowel Shift that began around 1400 and established the basic contours of today’s English. But those short vowels have remained pretty much constant since the eighth century—in other words, for more than a thousand years. Until now. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead
on Aug 24, 2012 -
— No matter where we live, the Great Lakes affect us all. And as species of fish disappear and rates of birth defects and cancer rise, it seems one thing is clear: the Great Lakes are changing and something's not quite right with the water. An interactive documentary film from the National Film Board of Canada
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Feb 26, 2011 -
When the Waves Turn the Minutes to Hours
It's been 30 years since Lake Superior November gales claimed the Great Lakes ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.
The sinking immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot
is also documented at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
on a spit of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a mere squinting distance on a clear day from where the Fitz actually went down.
Here in Detroit, of course, the bells will ring at Mariner's Church
-- where a lone priest reacted to the sinking by ringing the church's bells 29 times, once for each man lost.
(previously discussed (kinda) here
posted by chandy72
on Nov 10, 2005 -
It is the middle of November, better get your boat off the Great Lakes
. Nautical fans might wish to purchase this excellent model
of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sunk 25 years + 2 days ago today.
posted by thirteen
on Nov 13, 2000 -