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The oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior, this station watches over freighters traveling between the Soo Locks and locations on the western shore of Lake Superior via Whitefish Bay. Lake Superior is treacherous in bad weather, and while other sites claim to be the "graveyard of the Great Lakes," the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is right behind this lighthouse. The Edmund Fitzgerald went down 15 miles from this point, having failed to make it to the relative safety of the bay. (Its bell and other recovered artifacts are included in the museum's collection.)

One night, outside our window on the bay, we could see the lights of a freighter, apparently not moving. The concierge told us it was bound for Duluth, but parked for the night because of 12-foot waves on Lake Superior. She added that a year or two ago, predictions of 25-foot waves had 22 freighters parked right outside the hotel!
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Same here--think it stands out because most Great Lakes shipwrecks happened over a hundred years ago--and this one was in living memory. That, and how close it was to safety when it went down.

Sorry I missed your post earlier. Thanks for commenting!

EODMOM

Love our visit in Sept. 2019. I remember the night the Fitz was lost.

Relic of a misspent life, I'm afraid! Glad you liked the "fun facts" portion....

arsenault

like the history write up

When I was young, my mother insisted the family drive to Port Huron on every foggy day--just because she liked the sound of the fog horns!

AScott

Back when this was just the lighthouse and fog horn we would go out rock hunting. The fog horn would sound every so often. As you walked out from behind to in front of it, the pause was just long enough to sort of forget about it. Then it would go off and just rattle your chest and make you jump. Many great memories! They have done a heck of a job with the museum, quarters, etc. Very enjoyable to visit again and again. Thanks for the post.

My first time seeing it, and was impressed by all the exhibit buildings. Lighthouse itself was closed because of Covid-19, but the guides in the keeper's quarters, etc., were great.

jimez

Been there many a time. Never gets old.

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