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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Gales of November

 
 
The Gales of November Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
1. The Gales of November Marker
Inscription.

It's the early morning hours of November 28, 1905.

Imagine yourself standing right here in the middle of one of the worst storms in Great Lakes history - 65-mile-per-hour winds, blinding snow, 30-foot waves crashing into the cliff.

The Shipwreck Madeira
At the height of the storm, the 5000-ton steel barge Madeira smashed into the distant cliff in front of you. All but one of the crew of ten escaped. The wrecked ship still lies off Gold Point and is a popular dive site.

Nearly 30 ships were wrecked or damaged on Lake Superior during this storm. The scale of the destruction was one of the major reasons that Split Rock Lighthouse was built here in 1910.

[Illustration caption reads]
The Wreck of the Madeira, painting by Kurt Carlson
 
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 47° 12.028′ N, 91° 21.97′ W. Marker is in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota, in Lake County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors MN 55616, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Gales of November Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
2. The Gales of November Marker
Gold Point in distance
At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steam Hoist Engine (here, next to this marker); Anchor of the Madeira (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Mataafa Blow: The Stormy Horror of 1905. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The "Great Storms" of 1905 and 1913. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. November 28, 1905: The Mataafa Storm. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park MN. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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