Monday, October 13, 2014

Shipwrecks in the UP

I wanted to relay another adventure that Greg and I had up north, this time in the UP (again, that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula for the out-of-region folks). After finishing up at Mackinac Island, Greg and I drove north to the little town of Munising. I had been there once before when I was just a wee one and my family took a boat tour of the gorgeous Pictured Rocks Lakeshore. This time around, I wanted to take a different boat tour: a shipwreck boat tour
Since we were there in the off-season, the boat was only moderately full, and there was plenty of room around the two glass-bottom viewing areas for everyone. I cannot tell you the thrill that went through me when the first wreck came into view. It looked so close that we'd scrape across it, but it was actually many feet below the surface. Everything had a greenish hue, which added to the mystique.

Greg later said the whole thing was a bit gruesome, but though three crewmen died on the first wreck, their bodies were removed right after the boat sank over a hundred years ago. No one had been lost to the second wreck, which had simply run aground and was later bombed into sinking by the coast guard because it was creeping other sailors out. 

The company knows next to nothing about the third wreck other than what kind of boat it was. I don't remember what it was called, but the shape was square and horribly inadequate for sailing on the great lakes.  They were only used for a few decades before either someone put together how often they sank, or they all sank and there were no more to send sailing. Someone actually discovered this ship on one of the shipwreck tours! 

If you want to read the full stories of all the wrecks around Munising, check out the tour company's page under the tab "Shipwrecks." And if you ever go near Munising, go on the shipwrecks tour. Not only did we visit three wrecks, but we saw an old lighthouse, some beautiful rock cliff formations, and three bald eagles. It was fantastic! The Pictured Rocks tour is also quite beautiful if you can swing both. Maybe you, too, will find yourself in a debate with a woman from Texas on the proper pronunciation of the word "peninsula." (She said it "peninshula," which I have never heard before. Evidently, neither had anyone else on the tour.)

Keep exploring, everyone! I'll see you next week.

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