A Jagged Peek at Water

By Fungus Guy (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A Great Lake seldom seen.  Kind of hard to believe the above wasn’t taken in Scandinavia, right?

You asked me to prove she’s a wild Lake? More kin to ocean than inland lake?  Close up she looks small and personal. But never you forget she eats ships for breakfast.

The above is one of the more intimate portraits of the the Great Lake. To me it almost looks like a different part of the world.

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The photo above was taken when a joint operation between the Smithsonian, the United States Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers lifted the “Indiana” out of the unforgiving waters of Lake Superior in 1979.

For steam heads (fans of steam engine technology) and history buffs, this was a historic event. The “Indiana” had an innovative and rare steam engine dating from the early to mid 1840’s. It is the first I’ve heard of that used a screw driven propeller, which is a nearly universal propulsion drive for ships these days. (For more information, click the picture, which goes to the Wikimedia page. For once it has a wealth of information.)

I wonder if this is an event that helped inspire Clancy to write “Hunt for the Red October”, being as how a critical chunk of the book is about innovative propulsion systems.  The book was first published in 1984. (FYI– It’s a WAG.)

Weirded out that this morphed into a technical (-ish)  discussion? I warned you–  I have a fascination for tech in my About page.


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