Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Great Lakes Ice Nearing Record

The Great Lakes between the United States and Canada were formed by the passage of ice at end of the last glacial period around 10,000 years ago. They are now being covered by near record ice once again (although, not … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Challenger and the Majestic Fresh Water Ocean

This is the last season for the Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier St. Mary’s Challenger (ex William P. Snyder, Elton Hoyt II, Alex D. Chisolm, Medusa Challenger, Southdown Challenger.)  The ship has been in service for 107 years!  She was re-engined … Continue reading

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – November 10, 1975

A fitting tribute to the 29 men who went down with the Great Lakes ore boat, the SS Edmund Fitgerald, which sank 36 years ago today in Lake Superior.  I am having a hard time believing that she sank that many years ago. The … Continue reading

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Michigan’s Great Lakes offer ‘the best shipwreck diving in the world’

When, many, many years ago, I moved from Florida to Michigan to go to school,  I stopped scuba diving entirely.  I had learned to dive in the warm and clear waters of the Florida keys. Why would I want to dive … Continue reading

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Update: Bruce Power Puts Radioactive Waste Move through St. Lawrence on Hold

Last February we posted about the the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approval of a plan for Bruce Power to ship 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste,  in 16 decommissioned nuclear reactors, across the Great Lakes, though the St. Lawrence Seaway and across the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes

For those in the US, the National Geographic Channel is featuring a a program “Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes” this evening at 10PM.  Looks interesting. Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes

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Like a Robin in Springtime, Shipping Returns to the Great Lakes

The wonderful thing about the US Great Lakes is that being fresh water, the ships on the lakes don’t rust like they do in the saltier oceans. Of course being fresh water, the lakes do freeze close enough to solid … Continue reading

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Update: Opposition to Shipping Nuclear Waste on the Great Lakes

Last week we posted about the approval granted  by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to allow Bruce Power to ship 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste, in the form of 16 decommissioned nuclear reactors, across the Great Lakes, though the St. … Continue reading

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Asian Carp Invading the Great Lakes

Two species of Asian carp, the bighead and the silver, were imported in the US in the 1970s by catfish farmers to eat algae in ponds. In flood in the 1990s, Asian trout escaped in the Mississippi River basin have … Continue reading

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The Making of Privateer Lynx

The schooner Lynx, a replica of a War of 1812 privateer,  is sailing on the US East coast these days on her way to the Great Lakes to celebrate the upcoming War of 1812 Bicentennial.   J. Dennis Robinson will give an informal … Continue reading

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The Saint Lawrence Seaway Concludes 50th Anniversary Season

While there have been locks on the Saint Lawrence River since at least 1862, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the current series of locks, canals and channels that permit ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great … Continue reading

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