Quote of the Day
Math is an under-appreciated virtue in politics.
— Steve Schmidt, Republican political consultant
I was driving home from my cabin construction project yesterday when I heard on the radio Gordon Lightfoot singing about the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter Edmund Fitzgerald (Figure 1). The sinking occurred when I was in high-school, and it was the first time I had ever heard of a sinking on Lake Superior.
The number of shipwrecks recorded for all the Great Lakes is shown in Figure 2. Notice how Lake Erie has the greatest number of wrecks by far.
Figure 3 shows the 11 most recent shipwrecks, which go back to 1953.
In recent years, shipwrecks have become much less common (e.g. zero in the 1980s). While the rate of shipwrecks peaked from 1909 to 1909 (yellow highlight), you can see that the rate reduced greatly starting in the 1930s.
Lake Superior is the only one of the Great Lakes that I have boated on. It is a beautiful lake surrounded by wonderful land forms (e.g. Figure 4). I have friends who chose to build their retirement homes on its shores because it is so beautiful there.