Lake Superior: Inner Ocean

A long sea implies an uniform and steady motion of long and extensive waves; on the contrary, a short sea is when they run irregularly, broken, and interrupted; so as frequently to burst over a vessel’s side or quarter. —William Falconer

OPEN LAKE FORECAST FOR LAKE SUPERIOR
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
FOR WATERS BEYOND FIVE NAUTICAL MILES OF SHORE ON LAKE SUPERIOR

TUESDAY NIGHT OCTOBER 26, 2010
SOUTHWEST STORM FORCE WINDS TO 60 KNOTS. RAIN
SHOWERS LIKELY. WAVES BUILDING TO 25 TO 30 FEET.—

(Information courtesy of The Fresh Aspect: http://thefreshaspect.blogspot.com/)

As I’ve said before, freshwater brings fresh perspectives for what is possible with our favorite element.  One wouldn’t think that a landlocked reservoir could be dangerous, but Lake Superior and all the Great Lakes tell a different story.  Many a ships have met the murky bottom by the very rogue waves oceanic mariners speak of.  The Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes’ most famous freighter, went down on November 10, 1975 in Superior to one of these rolling beasts.   All bodies of waters are wonderful living creatures that change shapes and continue to surprise. Lake Superior is no exception and that is why it is home to just as many hardened sailors, surfers, fishermen and watermen as any of its salted compatriots.

(Rogue wave over anonymous ship)

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