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We almost passed this Historic Maritime trail off Long Island.  It was the red-breasted Robin sitting on a park bench that caught our eye.   

These pictures were taken on July 25, 2015.  That was the fifth day into our summer camping trip.  The day before we explored Hurricane River Log Slide, Minor Falls and Pictured Rocks as we passed through Michigan.

I have lots of stories to share and pictures for you to enjoy in the coming days.

This article is part of my series on exploring scenic bypasses.  It is also part of our summer vacation that was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream of visiting all 50 states in the united states.  My new husband has had that dream forever.  

This summer we visited 11 states in 14 days.  I had a friend say to me, how could you possibly enjoy what each place as to offer in such a short span of time?

I must admit it was a bit hectic.  But it was full of exciting scenes we had never seen before.  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did taking them.

Historic Maritime Trail, WI - One Bypass You Must See...

Our goal was to travel along the great lakes scenic route.  One advantage of doing this is the many informational bypasses that give you opportunities to breath in nature's awesomeness.

The scenic route did not have as much view of the lakes as we had hoped.  Often we traveled behind row upon row of trees.  So when we did see a view of Lake Superior, we just had to stop and walk. 

Once we entered Wisconsin we had more opportunities to see Lake Superior.  It was fun and beautiful seeing that clear blue water spread before us as far as the eye could see.

Then we noticed a bird on a park bench.  Upon recognizing we were almost ready to pass a park we pulled off.

There on that park bench was the coolest Robin sunning.  He did a little preening dance for us before flying off.

Upon entering the park we realized we were at the Lucerne Shipwreck site.  I was unfamiliar with such museums.  

So when I saw the protruding obstructions in the water, I thought we were viewing trees that had submitted to the lakes growth upon sure.  I'm familiar with this concept in other parts of our country where tree trunks stand in water like ghosts in a forest.

I did recognize the lighthouse out in the middle of the canal.   I later discovered that this is the lighthouse where the trouble Lucerne was spotted from.

Those are not trees in the water.  They are the shipwreck of the Lucerne Schooner that sank here in 1886.  You can read all about the Sinking of the Lucerne here...

On this site at the bottom of the page is an interactive story.  Simply click the link and follow along.  I found it quite entertaining and full of information.

Be sure and visit the library inside this story.  There is so much interesting information about the Lucerne there.

Facts like, "They were inexpensive to build, easy to steer, and did not need a big crew.

Three crew member's bodies were discover tied to the rigging sticking out of the water.  They were covered in one to six inches of ice.  These bodies were the only ones found.

"The brave men of the Lucerne went down, meeting death in a double manner, even by drowning and freezing."

Another ship, the Fred Kelley, saw the Lucerne head back south where she would be found under fifteen feet of water her masts barely visible from shore.

There were nine people on that ship.  The Captain, first mate and the crew.  Most of the crew were teenage boys.

I hope you enjoyed your walk through Wisconsin's Historic Maritime Trail today.   I know we sure did.

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