Lake Erie can be eerie. And so can the other four Great Lakes, the watery graves of so many ships.  Author Wes Oleszewski, who has written 18 Great Lakes books, tells a few of his favorites.  See the full story on cleveland.com. Share:

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The Lorain lighthouse tilts 7 degrees to the east. That’s because in 1969, a Canadian freighter struck the concrete base. You can see the jagged crack when you tour the light, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also see the old water cistern in the basement, the original steel doors on…

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The U.S. Coast Guard could sell the bigger lighthouse in Cleveland’s harbor this year. The Guard owns both lighthouses along the breakwall, where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, said Chris Channels, executive petty officer at the Aids to Navigation Team in Buffalo, which oversees buoys and lighthouse from the St. Lawrence River to Vermilion.…

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Little known fact: Alexander Hamilton started the Coast Guard as 10 ships known as “revenue cutters,” designed to collect tariffs from ships importing goods into the United States. The U.S. Coast Guard – or its predecessors – has enforced tariffs, combated piracy, carried mail, prevented the slave trade, protected government timber and stopped smuggling of…

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