Archives for the 'Lake Michigan' Category

Pirates Attack on Lake Michigan: Grand Haven, Beaver Island, Manitous Threatened by Marauders Causes Excitement

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Pirates on Lake Michigan have attacked boats and towns during the 1800’s, wreaking havoc and mayhem in their search for booty in regions such as Beaver Island, the Manitous and Grand Haven.

Pirates on Lake Michigan - newspaper article -

WBBM Newsradio 780 reports:

CHICAGO (WBBM) – While the world watches the Somali pirate drama, there’s a story to be told of pirates right here on Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan was home to a few pirates from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The headline: Wholesale robbery by pirates on Lake Michigan. The date: October 10, 1855, in the New York Times.

The Times reported on people in the area around Saugutuck, Michigan, “thrown into the most intense excitement by the operations of a gang of marauders, who are reported to be Mormons from Beaver Island.”

But it wasn’t other ships that were attacked, it was land-based stores.

Half a century later – and almost 101 years ago – “Roaring” Dan Seavey took control of a Great Lakes cargo ship and sailed it to Chicago.

He reportedly got control of the 40-foot schooner Nellie Johnson in Grand Haven, Michigan, by out-drinking its captain and crew – then stealing it.

The Sun-Times reports that Seavey “found no fortune in his pirating: He was unable to sell the load of cedar posts in Chicago and was captured back near his home in Frankfort, Michigan.”

10 April 2009 | Adventure, Boating Disasters, Great Lakes, History, Lake Michigan, Law, Politics and Government, Safety | 1 Comment

Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation- 1st Annual Survey

Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation
1st Annual Survey
January 26, 2009 – February 7, 2009

LMSRF has put together a survey to learn what racing boat owners and
crews want in racing from organizing authorities, ideas on how we can
grow participation and how we are doing overall. >>>The most important
message we wish to send is to forward this link to all of your crew
members, your fleets, and get input from as far and wide across Lake
Michigan as possible. We can’t emphasize this enough.<<< Results will be tabulated and shared on the LMSRF website for all of us to learn from (G-rated responses only!). We expect to incorporate your thoughts in the 2009 season plans. Thank you, now here's the link and please respond fully.

Donald Thinschmidt
LMSRF Commodore

26 January 2009 | Lake Michigan, LMSRF Area III, PHRF | No Comments

Dark Evening…

Gothic Chicago skyline at dusk, weather front over Lake Michigan on Saturday, November 15, 2008, showing rain cloud tendrils descending


Chicago skyline gothic Lake Michigan weather front - Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Now you can show your friends what it looks like when you encounter a dark weather front out on the lake…

This picture captures the ghostly tendrils descending from the gray skies where a gap in the cloud cover is indicated by sunlight highlighting the phenomenon.

The distinctly gothic elements of the cloudy overcast, dark water, and architecture of the distant Chicago skyline on the horizon on a cold and gloomy November afternoon contrasted sharply with Roy Disney’s “Morning Light” sailing documentary playing in local theaters at the time.

17 November 2008 | Chicago, Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Photos, Weather | No Comments

LMSRF Area III Boat of the Year series race –
August 9, 2008

LMSRF Area III Boat of the Year series race - August 9, 2008 -

another great day

long courses well-chosen to provide more racing, amidst rapidly changing conditions

spectacular views, interesting weather challenges

more later

12 August 2008 | Beneteau 36.7, Beneteau 40.7, Boat of the Year race series, Burnham Park Yacht Club, Chicago, J/105, Lake Michigan, LMSRF Area III, Photos, PHRF, Sailboat Racing, Tartan Ten (T-10), Weather | No Comments

Chicago Sailing Winter 2008:
Frozen Lake Michigan

Tall Ship Windy moored at Navy Pier in Chicago in winter

Frozen Lake Michigan as seen from Navy Pier Chicago in winter

Chicago Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in winter

More photos here

9 March 2008 | Lake Michigan, Photos, Weather | No Comments

Another Corpse:
Body Of Missing Kayaker Washes Up On Beach

First-time Lake Michigan kayaker missing since October 28, 2007, dies; body washes up on beach…

ZION, Ill. — A body that washed onto Illinois Beach State Park near Zion on Wednesday is that of a missing north suburban kayaker. The body has been confirmed to be that of Walter Doroba, 44, of 4461 Country Trail in Gurnee, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller.
The body was found washed ashore at Illinois Beach State Park just south of the Zion Nuclear Plant just after 3 p.m. Wednesday by a park employee, according to a Lake County sheriff’s police release.
An autopsy conducted Thursday on the well-preserved body determined the cause of death to be drowning, Keller said. Cold weather and chilly waters may have contributed to the preservation, he said.
Doroba was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Illinois Beach State Park.
Doroba was last seen on Lake Michigan about a mile from the Waukegan Harbor shore about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, according to Lake County sheriff’s police.
Shortly after he disappeared in late October, Doroba’s kayak, life vest and paddle were found by searchers, Lake County sheriff’s police Sgt. Chris Thompson said. Search and recovery efforts were terminated Nov. 1.
Doroba was a novice to kayaking. He had recently purchased the kayak, and Oct. 28 was his first trip on Lake Michigan, Thompson said.
The criminal investigation division of the sheriff’s police is investigating, Keller said.


In the grim aftermath of Walter Doroba’s death, the Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association (CASKA) has published kayaking safey information here:

30 November 2007 | Boating Disasters, Lake Michigan, Safety | No Comments

Monday’s sunrise over Waukegan Harbor

Monday’s sunrise over Waukegan Harbor

Photo by Scott Berry, as seen on WGN Weather Center Blog

6 November 2007 | Lake Michigan, Photos, Weather | No Comments

Another Lake Michigan boating disaster:
J/35 Jason: Initial Thoughts

The loss of life is extremely tragic.

This disastrous incident reaches all of us in the Chicago area sailing community, and hits close to home for many of us.

I knew John Finn, and sailed the 1998 Chicago-Mackinac with him, before he owned J/35 Jason. I also sailed one beercan race on Jason, and enjoyed one of John’s rooftop parties which he very graciously hosted.

I did not know the other crewmembers of the ill-fated delivery, and regret that I will never have the opportunity. I am both deeply saddened, and, quite honestly, somewhat outraged, that three lives are now no longer with us.

Amidst the sadness and grief, there are questions surrounding this ill-fated delivery voyage. By all accounts, there were a number of opportunities where better decision-making would have resulted in a safer journey.

Death is too high a price to pay for an activity we engage in only for pleasure. Unfortunately, the hazards of nature and elements beyond one’s own control sometime make that an unforgiving reality of the risks we take.

However, we should not discount the importance of all efforts necessary to prevent danger.

I cannot help but imagine the horror each of the four Jason crewmembers and the Coast Guard rescue team experienced on that night, beginning with the first awareness of the actual dangers involved in the voyage, to the loss of a crewmember overboard, the loss of the boat underneath your feet, and the individual fight for survival in the darkness against water, cold, and the unyielding breakwall.

We can all be thankful for the call to the Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard’s prompt rescue response. Without the wherewithal to make those efforts, the entire crew would have been lost.

My heart goes out to all who are affected by these events.

26 October 2007 | Boating Disasters, Columbia Yacht Club, Lake Michigan, Safety | 3 Comments

Study: Erosion Causing Lakes’ Water Loss


Erosion caused by dredging and other human activities on the St. Clair River is causing Lakes Huron and Michigan to lose 2.5 billion gallons of water daily, according to a private Canadian study.

Like a bathtub drain, the artificially deepened river is funneling vast amounts of water into Lake Erie, where it flows east to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River before eventually being lost to the Atlantic Ocean, says the study released Tuesday.


16 August 2007 | Great Lakes, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan | No Comments

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