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For four days in November 1913, the worst weather that the Great Lakes could muster was centered in Lake Huron and wreaked havoc and devastation that had not been known before or since. When it was all over, 19 ships were stranded, 19 ships were lost (some have yet to be located 100 years later), and over 250 sailors were dead. (The exact number is not known, due to the record keeping of the day.)

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During the peak of the storm on Sunday, November 9, 1913, wind speeds were measured at 75 to 80 miles per hour at Lake Huron, near the mouth of the St Clair River. Because of the combination of such high winds and snowfall, the storm was called the "White Hurricane". Waves as high as 40 feet, were reported - pause to imagine that 40 feet is taller than a two story building. The Huron Lightship, anchored off Port Huron, was blown from its anchored position, so only the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse remained to help guide surviving storm-battered ships from Lake Huron to the St. Clair River.

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There are many eyewitness accounts that tell the story of true human drama, tragedy and feats of great heroism. The Storm of 1913 occurred at a turning point in the United States for commerce, transportation and society at large. It greatly impacted Great Lakes shipping procedures and how sailors and cargo were protected, that still stand to this day. (information taken from

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For more about the Great Storm of 1913, click this link to the Great Lakes Steamship Society


For a list of the ships lost during the storm click this link.




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