Fort Gratiot Lighthouse: Michigan’s oldest lighthouse

Fort Gratiot was built in 1814 during the War of 1812 to guard the juncture of the St. Clair River and Lake Huron. Named after the engineer who supervised construction, Charles Gratiot, Fort Gratiot would be occupied on and off until 1879. However, with a surge of vessel traffic on Lake Huron in the early 1800s, the need for a Light Station to guide vessels through the water way became very important, and in 1823 Congress approved the funds to build the first lighthouse in Michigan and the second oldest…

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The beautiful old shipwrecks visible from sky above to crystal clear water of Lake Michigan

In these days of quarantine, in which nature seems to be reborn thanks to the forced interruption of human activities, many photographs circulating on the web of clear waters, or animals that reclaim spaces previously occupied by man. The images of wrecks that stand out distinctly on the bottom of Lake Michigan, in the United States, could seem to be taken these days, due to the extraordinary transparency of the water. Instead, each spring on this lake, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see shipwrecks due to the incredibly…

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The light above Como, Italy: Volta’s Lighthouse dedicated to Alessandro Volta

“What the hell a lighthouse doing in the mountains?” tourists are wondering when they arrive at San Maurizio, a hamlet 150 metres above Brunate. The little town, located in the Lombardy region, overlooks Como, which lies on the shore of Lake Como some 500 metres (1,600 ft) below. Como and Brunate are linked by a winding road, and by the Como to Brunate funicular (but this is another story). Alessandro Volta (who developed the first electrical cell) lived in Brunate for a short period. The lighthouse was built in 1927…

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A Nessie-like monster supposedly lurks in Lake Norman, North Carolina~

Lake Norman, North Carolina’s largest manmade lake, is about 30 kilometers from Charlotte. Its about 836 kilometers of coastline make it a popular destination for free time, and its shores and placid waters are home to a host of aquatic species like box turtles, catfish, and yellow perch. It was created by Duke Power in 1963 as part of the Cowans Ford Dam. Sometimes it is called North Carolina’s “inland sea”, and there may be much larger creatures swimming! Though the lake is man-made, there have been reports of a…

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