Shipwrecks of the Mackinac Straights
The Great Lakes are some of the most beautiful and sort after recreation areas in Michigan. Yet for all the beauty they hold, we must always be respectful to their power. They can turn from gentle ripples on the glistening waters to horrific storms of high waves and churning waters.
Today we have wonderful means of navigational aids and an industrious and ever watchful coast guard. Our states meteorologists monitor our weather conditions with sophisticated satellites and gages. All this new technology helps keep our ships and pleasure boats safe from harm. But even with all of this, accidents still happen and human error or negligent steps in to play a role. But once all these safeguards did not exist. Man was reliant on his own measures for reading the weather patterns by the wind speeds of cloud formations or whatever other means he could gather. The straits of Mackinac is a breathtaking stretch of water where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron combine their waters together. But as lovely as it is to observe on a calm summer day; with a terrible thunderstorm or the bitter cold storms of winter, this waterway can be a treacherous place.
The map and list below were taken from the book "Shipwrecks of the Straits of Mackinac" by Dr. Charles E. Felner and Jeri Baron Felner It shows the location of many ships that ended their days at the mercy of our great lakes waters.