Monday, September 10, 2007

The Legend Lives on.

A new shipwreck has been found in Lake Superior. My wife and I read this story with interest, especially since we vacationed in Sault St. Marie, MI a couple years ago.

We enjoyed the beauty of the Upper Peninsula and we enjoyed watching the big ore freighters passing through the Soo Locks on the St. Mary's River. We drove over to Munising and took a glass bottom boat tour of shipwrecks from the 18-19th century. Of course we also visited the Whitefish Point light station and the Great Lakes' Shipwreck Museum, which features the most famous wreck of the Great Lakes.

The ship mentioned in the story above, the Cyprus, was a 420 foot boat, large for the turn of the century, but less than half the size of the 1000 foot monsters you can see on the horizon if you visit the Lake Superior shore today. There is a similar vessel, the Valley Camp, in Sault St. Marie which has been converted to a museum of Great Lakes' shipping. If you ever visit the U.P. (and you should), visit the museum and see the locks. It won't be long before you're humming Gordon Lightfoot.