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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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$51.2 million federal plan offered to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

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President Barack Obama's administration unveiled the federal government's latest efforts on Wednesday to protect the Great Lakes from the Asian carp, including an upgrade of an electronic barrier in Illinois and an Indiana project that would serve as a buffer between the Mississippi River basin and the lakes.

The $51.2 million plan, building on a 2010 initiative, will raise spending to $200 million to keep the lakes free of the invasive carp, according to federal authorities.

The strategies, known as the 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, are designed to stop the spread of the carp from entering the Great Lakes, including a primary access point in Lake Michigan.   more...



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Studying Lake Michigan's currents

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A team of researchers at Purdue is getting a better understanding of the currents in Lake Michigan.

Cary Troy, assistant professor of civil engineering, and four students spent most of last week on the lake taking measurements. He says they used a dye to trace the movements of the water in the deepest part of the southern basin.  more...


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Union Township unsure of what to do with broken wind turbine

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Unsure of what to do with its broken turbine, Union Township officials have tabled making a decision until the township consults with Central Michigan University.

The north Skystream, a $16,634 grant-funded wind turbine installed for research purposes, no longer works, and the city is not sure why.

Though the township discussed a few options at its Wednesday night meeting, a decision was tabled until township officials could discuss those options with Tom Rohrer, CMU professor and director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems. 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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Windquest is first to finish in racing fleet!

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Congratulations to Windquest, a Max Z86 owned by Dick and Doug DeVos, on being first to finish in the racing fleet in the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.
 
Windquest finished late Sunday evening at 21:56 CDT. Doug DeVos said it seemed like there were two different races in one, with the first leg benefitting from a good breeze, and the second facing challenging wind conditions. 
 
"The first part of the race was lots of fun, good breeze, we made good time and moved along. Then the last bit from just north of the Manitous on up was very challenging, a lot of light air and really tough," he said.   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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A new report says it's time to tackle a potential Asian carp invasion in the Great Lakes

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This Ontario Family Fishing Week, a new report warns of the threat of an invasive species which could put the health of the Great Lakes at stake, and damage Ontario's boating, fishing and tourism economies. The report released today, Tipping the Scales: How Canada and Ontario Can Prevent an Asian Carp Invasion of the Great Lakes, outlines recommendations on what can be done to prevent Asian carp from establishing in the lakes.  more...


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Unlocking the secrets of sea lamprey love

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The sea lamprey is an invasive fish with a round mouth like a suction cup.  It latches onto big fish like lake trout and salmon, drills its razor sharp tongue into them, and gets fat drinking their blood and body fluids. A single lamprey can kill up to 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime.

Scientists spend a lot of time trying to outsmart them, and they’ve just made a new discovery.  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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Mysterious substance in Lake Michigan baffles beachgoers, scientists as source remains unknown

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A strange substance discovered last month just off the southern shore of Lake Michigan has beachgoers and scientists alike wondering how it found itself in the water.

Officials first heard of an "oily substance" during the middle of June after swimmers at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore reported the material on their bodies, said Dan Goldblatt, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  more...



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Lake Michigan's cooler-than-normal temperatures discouraging to some beach vistors

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Would-be swimmers of Lake Michigan are finding the water temperatures rather unwelcoming.

When it comes to the sandy beaches and the recent sunny conditions, there are no complaints. However, they are eagerly awaiting the Lake Michigan water to warm up.

The Muskegon State Park's beach was full of plenty of beach-goers on Friday afternoon, but not many were brave enough to wade in the cooler-than-usual Lake Michigan water.  more...



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