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Wendella Boat Tour by Stephanie Barto
Via Flickr:
A view looking towards the beautiful old Coast Guard station from aboard the Wendella tour boat.

We remember:
Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Camp Lejeune
Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn of Queens, New York
Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Michigan
Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wisconsin
Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, Michigan
Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol from Warren, Michigan.

Take a trip to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! 

Unpredictable weather, murky fog banks, sudden gales, and rocky shoals earned this section of Lake Huron the name “Shipwreck Alley,” so lighthouses like the Presque Isle Lighthouse were key to keeping vessels safe. The lighthouse was built in 1870 and rises 113 feet above the lake. 

Today, the grounds and keeper’s house are open to the public from May through October, and the tower is open daily for climbing during the summer months. 

(Photo: NOAA and Brian Taggart/Oceans Unmanned)

This week we’re celebrating the winners of the “Sanctuary Views” category of our Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest. 

Today, check out our third place winner! Bryan Dort took this photo in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. On this foggy morning, the Shipwreck Rowers passed the Alpena Light in a Heritage-23 Mackinaw Boat, a boat based on the historic vessels used throughout the upper Great Lakes in the 1800s. 

(Photo: Bryan Dort)