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minnehaha.

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seeing the bones of this ship on the shores of lake michigan

washed up on the camp arcadia beach

and wondering how they came to be here.



The Minnehaha, built in 1880 by Linn & Craig in Gibralter, Michigan, was a 4-masted, 200 foot, wooden schooner used to haul cargo in Great Lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan. On October 13th of 1893, the steam barge Henry J. Johnson was towing the Minnehaha from Chicago bound for Point Edward at the south end of Lake Huron with 58,000 bushels of corn when facing 90 mile per hour gale force winds, the ship was lost to the sea.

“the sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope.

now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning:

we are all in the same boat.

-jacques yves cousteau

http://www.arcadiami.com/index.php/hidden-exhibits/hidden-shipwrecks/hidden-minnehaha

credits: maritime history of the great lakes, bowling green state university, camp arcadia

oh! canada?

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we set out on a 2-hour tour

not unlike

 *’gilligan’s island’

all kinds of us

togethe

with high hopes

for a grand day

on the detroit river

a natural boundary

between

the united states

and

canada

and were

met with

gale force winds

and

torrential downpours

and slippery decks

but we made the best of the rough seas

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most people are rowing against the current of life.

instead of turning the boat around,

all they need to do is let go of the oars.
– esther hicks

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and this guy

jack

our mascot for the day

survived

a bit the worse for wear

paper mache mashed

one eye blown off

quickly balding

open wounds

but

like jack

we all hung in there

(nowhere to get off really)

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and it was a grand adventure

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we may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
– martin luther king, jr.

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canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.
– robin williams

happy canada day to our very friendly neighbors!

*gilligan’s island backstory:

IT WAS INTENDED TO BE A “METAPHORICAL SHAMING OF WORLD POLITICS.”
One day in a public speaking class at New York University, the professor had students compose an impromptu one-minute speech on this topic: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one item would you like to have? Sherwood Schwartz (the show’s creator), was a student in that class, and the question so intrigued him that it remained lodged in the back of his mind for many years.
After working for some time as a comedy writer for other shows, Schwartz decided to pitch his own idea for a sitcom. Thinking back to that desert island question, he thought it would make for an interesting dynamic to have a group of very dissimilar individuals stranded together and have to learn to live and work together. The island would be “a social microcosm and a metaphorical shaming of world politics in the sense that when necessary for survival, yes we can all get along,” Schwartz explained in Inside Gilligan’s Island: From Creation to Syndication. Schwartz quickly discovered after his first few pitch meetings that words like “microcosm” and “metaphor” were not very helpful when trying to sell a comedy.

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credits: cbs television, mental floss, sherwood schwartz, diamond jack boats