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The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains the most mysterious and controversial of all shipwreck tales heard around the Great Lakes. Her story is surpassed in books, film and media only by that of the Titanic. Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot inspired popular interest in this vessel with his 1976 ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
Originally posted by jtrenthacker
reply to post by Sissel
Yup. I knew about that one only because that's my favorite beer from Great Lakes Brewery. Well, maybe second to their Christmas Ale.
Ever see anything strange growing up around the lakes?
Storm Surges Storm surges are temporary rises in water level caused by storm winds blowing across miles of open water and dragging some water towards the down-wind shore. This causes a build-up in water level along the down-wind shore. The temporary rise in water level may also be called a storm set-up, wind set-up, storm-induced rise, or storm rise. Storm surges occur on ocean coasts as well as on Great Lakes coasts. The image below shows an extreme storm surge in the southern end of Green Bay at the City of Green Bay,
Originally posted by Arrancar
I grew up in southeast Michigan. I remember most of these tales, although I lived on lake Erie, we had our own little mysterious things. And when I say "I lived on lake Erie",I was 200 ft from shore.
My dad would tell me about how there was boats that disappeared when trying to cross the lake in late october early november. Not just fishing boats, because most people by this time had their boats set up for winter storage. He would talk about freighters leaving a port, some where up north and head out only never to be heard from again. Well as kid I was freaked out by this, my mind ran wild. I thought lake monsters, aliens, or giant holes ate the ships. When I got a little older I became intriged by these stories. I started looking stuff up in libraries about missing ship/planes/people around the Great Lakes region. I read about the Edmund Fitzgerald, and even made my dad take me to White Fish point, where the Edmund sank. I been to the little sailors time muesem in Detroit.
So doing little digging on the Great Lakes Triangle, I came across this PDF (a teachers guid?) . Not sure what to make of it. But anyway there is book on the subject matter, Gourley, Jay. The Great Lakes Triangle. New York: Aaron M. Priest, Inc., 1977.
that might be an interesting read.edit on 7-11-2012 by Arrancar because: add some stuffs
Then, there are the sightings of UFO's and other strange anomalies in the sky. In fact there have been so many sightings of strange objects and phantom planes that the Federal Aviation Administration created a special lake reporting service to catalog the reported sightings.
Originally posted by seekingpeace
I don't know if you just want ideas for the lake aspect but traverse city mental hospital grounds are good! ecspecially the tunnels. Not sure if you are allowed in them anymore but my son had some rather scary stuff happen to him, He was with some friend and they heard voices and tons of crying. It saddened him to think of how those people suffered! Grand Rapids MI is another spot that is good. If I can think of anywhere else I will let you know!
Originally posted by thepolish1
I'm really suprised you hadn't got more responses on this...this is a little off topic, but I love Lake Michigan, almost drown in it once, I can't remember the month, but I think it was the 18th. I was attending a company party in Beverly Shores. The lake was real rough that day, I got caught by an undertow, and anyone reading this, you ever get in the same situation, try to float, don't try to swim, it will take you further out.
I realized I was on shore, when my face was pummeled in the sand. Anyone who has swam in the lake will know what I mean. People on jet skis were looking for me, but they didn't go far enough to see me. I washed up like almost a mile from where I started. An 18 year old from Illinois did drown in the lake that day.
My favorite thing to do back in the day, before you had to pay to get in, I'd fill a cooler and go sit on my dune, off to the right from the entrance, and sit in the dark, and listen to the waves roll in. It was very soothing.