Lake Superior

Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, and ranks as the second largest in the world by surface area. It is 350 miles long and 160 miles wide, with an average depth of 489 feet. 

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Nov. 10 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- and thanks to the song by Gordon Lightfoot, it's arguably the most well-known wreck on the Great Lakes.

In 1975 the freighter, loaded with a low grade iron ore called taconite, was headed toward the Detroit area when it hit a vicious storm on Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

National Archives

Bob Dylan, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, launched his remarkable music career in the clubs of New York's Greenwich Village.

But the roots of his haunting, soulful tunes may have come from an earlier source: the Lake Superior port of Duluth.

The U.S. and Canada announced Wednesday that they have finalized a plan for restoring and protecting Lake Superior's water quality.

A 96-page document from the Lake Superior Partnership outlines major threats such as invasive species and climate change. It also lists priorities for preserving the relatively clean waters, including ending the release of nine toxic substances.

Antelope shipwreck
Ken Merryman

This eerie video takes you deep into Lake Superior, where a century-old shipwreck lies, with masts and rigging nearly intact. Explorers Ken Merryman, Jerry Eliason and Kraig Smith recently used a remote camera to photograph their find: the 187-foot Antelope. The coal-hauling freighter sank in rough waters in October, 1897.

 

Nine historical ships docked in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on Thursday as the first U.S. stop for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes.  Over the summer, these and other ships will they’ll travel to cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  


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