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1839 shipwreck found in Lake Ontario

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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 explorers announced.

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...



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House considers Sleeping Bear wilderness

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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 protected. more...



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Tall ships make a grand entry

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There’s something about those tall ships. They make every kid yell “cool” and adults click away with cameras, their mouths agape.

But 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...



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15 Reasons to Love Summer in Michigan

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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...



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CSL Adds New Trillium Self-Unloaders to Lakes Fleet

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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 (PRC).  more...


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Longboats pull in for overnight stay this week

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 The 110 foot tall ship FairJeanne dispatches longboats as part of a War of 1812 reenactment .
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.

The 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...


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Cruise the great lakes on new ship

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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...



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Jeff Daniels talking about the U.P. of Michigan on David Letterman

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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 horse.”  more...


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1958 film – Mackinac Bridge The Five Mile Dream

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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...



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Prime beaches along the Lake Erie coast

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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...



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Tall ships in Port Dalhousie inspire wannabe pirates

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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 Semple.

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 said.  more...



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Y’all in the Great Lakes wouldn’t have just slaw with your Coke and crawdads

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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...



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Take A Summer Lighthouse Tour in Pure Michigan

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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...



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Detroit RiverWalk brings millions of dollars to city

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The Detroit riverfront at Milliken State Park on June 3. Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing public access to Detroit's riverfront, is a 2013 Michigan Green Leader.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.

Among 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...



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Great Lakes Water Levels Rising Due to Rainfall

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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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