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The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior's Shipwreck Coast

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior's Shipwreck Coast
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The desolate Lake Superior shoreline between Whitefish Point in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula and the area of Grand Marais, MI, is littered with a multitude of shipwrecks. Some occurred as early as the 1816 wreck of the schooner Invincible, while newer, larger wrecks are deep within the shipping lanes. The 729' SS Edmund Fitzgerald is an extreme example, lying just 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point. In the early years of commercial ship traffic, those mariners who went down within site of land, or were driven ashore, might have had a better chance to survive the experience. The time of year was critical though, as many a crew survived their ship's demise...just to perish along the barren and frozen coastline. By 1876, the victims of shipwreck in this region likely had better odds. The burgeoning U.S. Life-Saving Service was in action along the Shipwreck Coast, with the construction of 4 new, manned stations. Learn about the stations, equipment and "Surfmen" of the Life-Saving Service along Superior's Shipwreck Coast in this heritage program. Presented by Bruce Lynn, Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
500 West Fletcher Street
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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