Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Storms

Its been another quiet week around here so far for birds.  Another rarity at Long Point this week--what's up with that place?  Not for lack of trying here and elsewhere for good birds!!
The last couple of days have been unseasonably warm and calm, unlike some times in the past.

Edmund Fitzgerald liferaft on display at the Soo (1978!)

Today is the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  On November 10, 1975 the Fitz went down on Lake Superior during a severe storm.

Many ships have gone down in November during some big late fall storms.  The Glenlyon sank near Isle Royale in Lake Superior on November 1, 1924.  No lives were lost in that one.  The Glenlyon used to call on Wallaceburg before that.

Postcard showing the Glenlyon in Wallaceburg

On November 18, 1958, the Carl D. Bradley went down on Lake Michigan with only two survivors.  This vessel was only 31 years old, but many factors probably contributed to its demise.

Carl D. Bradley

On November 26, 1966 the Daniel J. Morrell broke in two on Lake Huron during a storm.  The sole survivor was Dennis Hale, who has written a book about the ordeal.  He goes around speaking about the incident, and a number of years ago we went to Port Huron to hear him speak.

November is a time to remember for many reasons.

1 comment:

  1. Great photo with the liferaft! I wonder where they are keeping that. Brian Williams even mentioned the famous wreck on the nightly news tonight.