APRIL BENZIE ACADEMY LECTURE:
Braving the Waves: The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast will be presented by Bruce Lynn on Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m. Lynn’s live, virtual presentation is offered as part of the Benzie Area Historical Society’s Benzonia Academy Lecture Series and available by Zoom.
The Whitefish Point Lighthouse marks the beginning of an 80-mile stretch of Lake Superior shoreline that has played witness to hundreds of shipwrecks. While many people are familiar with the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, far fewer know of the other ships and crews which came to grief along this lonely coastline. In many cases, a crew might survive a sinking, just to perish from the elements with no shelter to be found. It wasn't until the arrival of the first four U.S Life-Saving Stations along this coastline in 1876, did government efforts focus on the rescue of ships and crews in distress along this southeastern section of Lake Superior. Learn about the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboat Stations that came later, and their exciting rescues that took place on Superior's "Shipwreck Coast" in this dramatic program.
Bruce Lynn is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located at Whitefish Point in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Bruce started his museum career as an Historical Interpreter at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, and later returned to work full-time for the Mackinac State Historic Parks. After graduating with a degree in American History from the Ohio State University, Lynn studied Heritage Interpretation at Eastern Michigan University. In 2015 he co-authored, with award winning Great Lakes Maritime Photographer Chris Winters, the book The Legend Lives On, a richly illustrated meditation on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
This presentation is part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series, held on the second Thursday of each month. To learn more about the ZOOM lecture, visit the Benzie Area Historical Society’s Facebook page, their website (benziemuseum.org) or call the Benzie Area Historical Museum at (231) 882-5539.