The prop of the abandoned  Joyland  on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

The prop of the abandoned Joyland on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Dive into the Great Lakes most legendary stories.

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Cutter Rescues:

The USCG Escanaba WPG-77

The Larsen Legacies

Safe Ashore:

The Armistice Day Storm of 1940

Steering into Disaster: Len and the Cedarville

Steering into Disaster: Len and the Cedarville

The Great Equinoctal

Searching Tawas Shipwrecks with author Wes Oleszewski

The Most Famous Shipwrecks of All Time

The Most Famous Shipwrecks of All Time

Tawas Point is littered with pieces of shipwrecks.

Author Wes Oleszewski remembers wading out to the wreckage of a shipwreck when he was a young man. Today, the author of some of the most popular Great Lakes shipwreck books is searching for clues to where the wrecks may have gone. Host Ric Mixter joins him in the search and fills listeners in on the massive storms that destroyed the vessels.

Wes walks Tawas Beach in search of shipwrecks

Wes walks Tawas Beach in search of shipwrecks

Wes examines a board found on the bottom of Tawas Bay, MI.

Wes examines a board found on the bottom of Tawas Bay, MI.

Ric Mixter and Wes Oleszewski at Tawas Point Lighthouse

Ric Mixter and Wes Oleszewski at Tawas Point Lighthouse

 

When the USCG cutter Escanaba splashed in sideways into the Saginaw River, it was the first of her kind. 165 feet long, it was steel reinforced to take on the worst winters on the Great Lakes. Esky was immediately put into action, saving countless lives on Lake Michigan and routinely breaking open the Straits of Mackinac each spring. World War II called the ship to the North Atlantic, where the crew saved over 100 lives in one of the worst Nazi submarine attacks during the war. Listen to a survivor from the Dorchester, who was dragged aboard the cutter after being submerged in the freezing waters. Only a few months later, the Esky mysteriously exploded while guarding another convoy, and only three men were rescued. Hear from one of the survivors as well as the captain of the tug (another Great Lakes built ship) that pulled him to safety. It’s a Mixtory exclusive! 

 
Escanaba breaks ice on Lake Michigan

Escanaba breaks ice on Lake Michigan

Melvin Baldwin and Ray O’Malley survived the sinking of the Escanaba

Melvin Baldwin and Ray O’Malley survived the sinking of the Escanaba

Four chaplains gave up their lifejackets to save others

Four chaplains gave up their lifejackets to save others

A close-up of the lifeboat and strong-back (lower right pole).

A close-up of the lifeboat and strong-back (lower right pole).

The most famous Coast Guard rescue missions are documented in this unique video from Airworthy Productions. From the cutter Escanaba's story to the helicopter lift of the survivors of the Nordmeer, this DVD has it all. Featuring the shipwrecks of the Cort, Dorchester, Nordmeer, Cedarville, Bradley, Hollyhock and Escanaba.

The Coast Guard Wouldn’t Go Out.

 

The cutter Escanaba was being refit for war duty when the worst storm on Lake Michigan slammed into Michigan. It wiped out three freighters and killed 60 sailors, leaving only survivors aboard the tiny freighter Novadoc. This exclusive podcast includes two survivors as well as the men who rescued the crew of the Sinaloa. Listen as 126 mile-per-hour winds are detailed as 19 men are battered by 20 foot waves near Mears, Michigan. Three local fishermen did what many felt was impossible, plucking the 17 remaining sailors from the icy deck and returning them to the Coast Guard station in Pentwater.

 

 
A warm fall day turned to blizzard in minutes, paralyzing Lake Michigan

A warm fall day turned to blizzard in minutes, paralyzing Lake Michigan

Fishermen Joe Fountain, Corky Fisher and Capt. Clyde Cross

Fishermen Joe Fountain, Corky Fisher and Capt. Clyde Cross

Dave Trotter searches for accurate coordinates for the  William Davock

Dave Trotter searches for accurate coordinates for the William Davock

The  SS Sinaloa  wrecked near Sac Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The SS Sinaloa wrecked near Sac Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Novadoc’s  back was broken by the 126-mph winds.

Novadoc’s back was broken by the 126-mph winds.

Capt. Billy Allen of the doomed freighter  SS William Davock

Capt. Billy Allen of the doomed freighter SS William Davock

Coal still in the firebox of the  SS Anna C Minch

Coal still in the firebox of the SS Anna C Minch

A diver visits the bow of the  Novadoc.

A diver visits the bow of the Novadoc.

Crew of the  Novadoc  warm at the Coast Guard’s potbelly stove

Crew of the Novadoc warm at the Coast Guard’s potbelly stove

SAFE ASHORE is a documentary by Ric Mixter which shares eyewitness accounts to Lake Michigan’s worst gale. Buy the program here.

The Captains Larsen

 

James Larsen came to the United States as a boatbuilder. He single handedly saved an entire schooner crew during a killer gale and then sailed with his son into another storm that sank his ship on Lake Huron. That son would bring the last schooner to the Great Lakes and then sail into a foggy collision that destroyed the Viator on Thunder Bay. It’s a Mixstory you won’t believe.

 

 
James Larsen saved an entire crew in the storm that took  Alpena  and over 100 lives.

James Larsen saved an entire crew in the storm that took Alpena and over 100 lives.

Setting sail out of Chicago in 1921.

Setting sail out of Chicago in 1921.

Jitka Hanakova photo of the  Viator’s  side where  Ormidale  collided

Jitka Hanakova photo of the Viator’s side where Ormidale collided

Ric Mixter snorkeling the remains of the  Skeele

Ric Mixter snorkeling the remains of the Skeele

Steamship  Ormidale  which collided with the Norwegian ship  Viator

Steamship Ormidale which collided with the Norwegian ship Viator

The  Edward Steele  wrecked on Barrie Island Ontario

The Edward Steele wrecked on Barrie Island Ontario

Hull piece of the  Skeele

Hull piece of the Skeele

Steering Into Disaster: The Cedarville Collision

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The Most Famous Shipwrecks in History

 

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