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Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Storm

 
 
The Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. The Storm Marker
Inscription.

The Great Storm of 1913 lasted from November 7th through the 11th. It is often referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury" or the "White Hurricane". The storm hit four of the five Great Lakes, and was particularly ferocious in Lake Huron.

After weathering the storm within the tower, Captain Frank Kimball (seen below in the background photo taken after the storm), was quoted as saying,

"I watched waves as high as 30 to 40 feet pounding on the Light Station, and I think if the storm had lasted another hour the Light Station would have been wiped-out."

At the end of the storm, 19 ships were destroyed, and 19 others were stranded. Over 250 lives were lost.
 
Erected by Port Huron Museum, Saint Clair County, Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality, and NOAA.
 
Location. 43° 0.4′ N, 82° 25.347′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Touch for map. Marker is about 125 feet north of the lighthouse at Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park, where Lake Huron empties into the St. Clair River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 Omar Street, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seeing the Light (here,
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and Markers
next to this marker); Fort Gratiot Light (here, next to this marker); Learning from Lake Huron (here, next to this marker); Sending a Signal (here, next to this marker); Keepers Duties (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Gratiot Light (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Saint Joseph (approx. 0.4 miles away); Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. 'White Hurricane': Remembering the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The "White Hurricane" Storm of November 1913. (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Great Lakes Storm of 1913: A Remembrance. (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Remembering the November 1913 "White Hurricane". (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
. (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park. (Submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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