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British gunboat hull to be displayed at Fort Wellington National Historic Site

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A British gunboat hull that was discovered on the bottom of the St. Lawrence River in the 1960s will be moved to Prescott, Ont., to be part of a new exhibit on the War of 1812, says Parks Canada. more...


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Explorers find Civil War-era wreck in Lake Ontario near Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A Civil War-era schooner loaded with corn collided with another commercial vessel during a blinding snowstorm in 1862 and sank in minutes into the dark depths of Lake Ontario.

Two shipwreck explorers chanced upon the 119-foot-long C. Reeve while conducting underwater surveys this summer a few miles off the lake’s southern shore west of Rochester.   more...



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In Pictures: 'World War II Fighter Recovered'

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A World War II F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane breaks the surface of Lake Michigan for the first time in nearly 65 years in Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois, USA 30 November 2009. The plane reportedly saw action in the Battle of Guadacanal in the Pacific Ocean before being used for training and aircraft carrier landing qualifications in Lake Michigan. On 05 January 1945 the plane, piloted by Lieutenant (junior grade) Walter B Elcock, landed but failed to securely catch the carrier arresting cable and plunged into the icy waters. Elcock, now 89 of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, was rescued by the Coast Guard. The plane came to rest on the bottom of Lake Michigan, nose down in 250 feet of water about 50 miles from Chicago. A salvage team recovered the plane 21 November 2009 so it can be restored and put on display.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY 

World War II F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane breaks the surface of Lake Michigan for the first time in nearly 65 years in Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois, USA 30 November 2009. The plane reportedly saw action in the Battle of Guadacanal in the Pacific Ocean before being used for training and aircraft carrier landing qualifications in Lake Michigan.  more...



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Remembering those who died in the Great Lakes

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Detroit is famous for automobiles, music and urban decay, but our region also is defined by a volatile, mysterious force: The Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes are epic. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior form the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet. They contain roughly 22 percent of the world's fresh surface water -- enough to cover the 48 contiguous U.S. states to a uniform depth of 9.5 feet.  more...



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Unknown Stories: Fire Hydrant Invented in Lockport

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His name was Birdsill Holly. He worked with fire and water. the water to make steam.

"He'd always been interested in steam power," says Ann Marie Linnabery of the Niagara County Historical Society. Steam power to heat most of the City of Lockport for almost a century.

 

But he also found a way to harness water power to put out fires, by inventing the first modern pressurized fire hydrant system.   more...



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The Edmund Fitzgerald

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1975 - A powerful storm brought high winds across Lower Michigan, toppling trees and power lines. A tornado was spun up by the storm, damaging mobile homes and a barn in Allegan County. 
 
The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during the storm, with a crew of 29 men. There were no survivors.

The ore carrier left Superior, Wisconsin on November 9 loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets. The cargo was to be delivered to Detroit, but the ship ran into winds of at least 60 mph and high waves and foundered at about 730 pm north of Whitefish Point.  more...



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Sunken ship at center of legal tug of war

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The shipwreck hunters who want to raise an old schooner from the bottom of Lake Erie and put it on display in the Buffalo harbor have been entangled in a five-year federal court battle with the state over rights to the vessel.

State historic preservation and museum officials believe federal law gives the state control of the ship, and they feel it is best preserved where it is, off the Dunkirk shoreline. They also allege the company behind the schooner-raising plan has damaged the ship and accuses its divers of improperly handling human remains found onboard.   more...



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Michigan says it's trying to settle shipwreck case

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DETROIT — The state of Michigan says it's working with France to take new steps to finally determine if a northern Lake Michigan shipwreck is the Griffin, which sank while loaded with furs 330 years ago. more...


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Signs of 10,000 year old campsite found beneath Lake Huron

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Scientists think they may have found a campsite used by human settlers 10,000 ago to hunt caribou in an area now hidden beneath Lake Huron, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. more...



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Siege at Niagara

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Fort Niagara still looks like a tough nut to crack.

The outer walls trace the same outline of the high earthworks that greeted a British-led army sent to conquer the fort 250 years ago this summer. And the three-storey "French Castle'' looming over the western Lake Ontario shoreline is as imposing as when 3,500 redcoats, American colonials and Native American warriors laid siege to the fort in July 1759.  more...



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Diving into the past

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They may look like just a set of timbers lying on the floor of Lake Ontario, but to divers, they are the first pieces of a puzzle that will slowly come together this year and possibly be solved by 2010.  more...

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Ancient caribou-hunting camp may lie at bottom of Lake Huron

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Scientists probing an underwater ridge 35 metres deep in Lake Huron — and running 160 kilometres across the U.S.-Canadian border — have found what they believe to be 9,000-year-old traces of an ancient caribou-hunting camp used by some of the earliest inhabitants of North America.  more...



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Mackinac Race History in the 1990s

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IMS, PHRF, and Cove Island's last hurrah
"On the way to the 85th sailing"

During this decade the International Offshore Rule (IOR) was in its last gasps while being replaced by the International Measurement Rule (IMS) and the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet rating (PHRF). The larger boat one design and new level racing classes were becoming popular such as the J-120s, One Design 50s, and the Great Lake 70s. Based on the famous Santa Cruz 70s that were designed for the California to Hawaii Transpac Race, the GL70s epitomized these large size boats with their ability to go fast downwind in heavy air. more

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Boats re-enact arrival of first salties to Twin Ports

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Shipping re-enactmentA series of loud horn blasts from Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge welcomed two boats Sunday afternoon in a 50th anniversary re-creation of the first ocean vessel to reach the Twin Ports through the St. Lawrence Seaway.  more...



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Great Lakes sinkholes a window to ancient life

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Scientists studying submerged sinkholes in the Great Lakes off the coast of northern Michigan have stumbled onto something they never expected to find: life-forms akin to those found in some of Earth's most extreme environments.

As groundwater leaks upward into Lake Huron, it redissolves an ancient seabed and creates a salty underwater environment that is supporting mats of primitive purple microbes -- cousins to bacteria that live in deep-sea hydrothermal vents and ice-locked Antarctic lakes.  more...


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