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Lake Superior
Tragedies in Lake Superior
Shipping Still Flourishes

The Great Lakes situated in North America which span 750 miles from its eastern tip to its western region remains as the largest freshwater system on Earth. It has the most spectacular scenic view of the wilderness on the face of the planet. It contains 10% of all the freshwater in the world and has more than 10,000 miles of shorelines. Today, at least 40 million people live along the Great Lakes, of which there are actually more Canadians than Americans.

Each lake of the Great Lakes is named after native American or French. Lake Erie, for example, came from the Erie Tribe which resides in the southern tip of shores. The same goes with Lake Huron, which originated from the Huron tribe. Lake Michigan is named after the French word from the Ojibwa word michigami. There are more than 35,000 islands within the Great Lakes. Measuring 1068 miles and with a total population of 12,600 Manitoulin is the largest island located in Lake Huron.  

Likewise, the Great Lakes offer some incredible moments of natural beauty and serenity. It’s no wonder people looking for things to do in Michigan flock to these locations and why our Great Lakes Girl gear has made such a splash.

 

Lake Superior

The greatest and biggest of all the Great Lakes is Lake Superior. It has an average depth of 483 feet with the deepest depth can go as far as 1,332 feet. Located on the borders of the United States and Canada, Lake Superior spreads around the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It surfaces water measures 31,700 and spread across 350 miles wide and 160 long. It holds up to 2,900 cubic miles of water or the equivalent of 3 quadrillion gallons of water. When completely frozen, there is enough space for everyone on the planet to sit in a 12” x 12” picnic blanket comfortably in Lake Superior.

The other four lakes can fit into Lake Superior plus three Lake Eries. With today’s alarming global warming phenomenon, many consider the importance of Lake Superior as an equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s oil consuming industry.

Tragedies in Lake Superior

An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 sea vessels lie deep within the waters of the Great Lakes, which have claimed the lives of an estimated 30,000 people.

One of the famous shipwrecks in Lake Superior is the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. The tragedy even generated a hit song, memorials, and conspiracies about its ill-fated journey. Sadly, Fitzgerald is just one of many wrecks; there are a number of ships that succumbed to the treacherous waters of Lake Superior. The area near the Whitefish Bay in Whitefish Point, Michigan is notorious claiming many sea vessels traversing its territory. This dangerous passage in the south of Lake Superior has been referred to as the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes” and “Shipwreck Coast”. It is a place where hundreds of ships sunk and thousands of lives lost.

 

Shipping Still Flourishes

Every year a staggering amount of 200 million net tons of commerce passing through the Great Lakes. The country’s lake fleets alongside with the Canadian’s carriers, tankers, bulk freighters, tugs, and barges haul these massive shipments of cargo. Around 40% of the cargo includes mined minerals like iron ore, coal, salt, and stone. The other percent composes of agricultural products like corn, wheat, oats, and soybeans.  Even though the waters of the Great Lakes pose a perilous journey for these brave sailors, they still make sure that the shipping industry still flourishes.