We live in Kalamazoo down at the bottom of the map. Our trip was up to the top of the map. We stayed in Mackinaw City but the furthest we traveled up to was the point that you can see between Sault Ste Marie and Munising, pretty close to Canada - Whitefish Point. We haven't been up there before but it was a fun place to visit.
Whitefish Point Lighthouse was first lit in 1849. It shares the honours of the first lighthouse being lit on Lake Superior with Copper Beach Lighthouse. This light still works though there is no lighthouse keeper. It is automated.
Whitefish Point is known as the Graveyard of Ships as more vessels have been lost here than in any other part of the lake.
The light has shined for 150 without fail...except on the night that the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. On November 10th 1975 the light suddenly went out. The Edmund Fitzgerald, whose navigational system had been crippled by a raging storm, went down. Twenty nine men were lost.
There is a fitting memorial on the beach.
Every year on November 10th a memorial service is held. The ship's bell is rung thirty times - once for each member of the crew and once more for all the mariners who have been lost at sea.
Most of Whitefish Point is a wildlife sanctuary and includes a bird observatory.
Lots of debris washed up on the beach.
Since the first known commercial wreck of the Invincible in 1816 to the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 approximately 325 lives have been lost in 300 wrecks and accidents in the Graveyard of the Great Lakes.