"Graveyard Shoals" Wreck of the SS Francisco Morazan, South Manitou Island Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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    This was an eery scene watching the sunset at this shipwreck ... those BIRDS! like something out of a Hitchcock film. The ship was caught in a late November snowstorm and she was blown into the shoals along South Manitou Island in 1960.

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    Camera - Nikon D700
    Lens - Nikon70-300mm
    Exposure -1/30sec
    Focal length - 185mm
    Aperture - f/8
    ISO Speed -200
    Quality - raw processed in capture NX2
    © Copyright 2012 John McCormick , All Rights Reserved

    Read some fascinating history of it here.

    twentytwosouth, bumkicho, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Michigan Nut 21 months ago | reply

      Borrowed from wikipedia

      SS Fransisco Morazan

    2. Thankful! 21 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Would love to see this in person!

    3. georgianbay 21 months ago | reply

      great photo added to my favorites also

    4. jeanneg. 21 months ago | reply

      You know, when you mention those birds, it does add a real creepiness to this for me, and the thought of the dark interior (shiver). Cool find and photo. I had a neighbor who used to scuba dive around old wrecks like this in Lake Michigan....

    5. Marcel Tuit (travel mode) 21 months ago | reply

      Wow, that are a lot of birds!

    6. tyme out 21 months ago | reply

      Awesome to see this close-up! Thanks for sharing!

    7. ©SandyHansenPhotography 21 months ago | reply

      Great info! & images! We will have to check it out some day

    8. cedarkayak 21 months ago | reply

      Nice photo John, I hope you had a good backpacking trip.

    9. Michigan Nut 21 months ago | reply

      Excellent trip.. only exception is the poison ivy ,which I tried really hard to avoid. :)

    10. SimsShots Photography 21 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the wikipedia link; I have snorkeled and climbed around this wreck several times but never knew the interesting history. And yes, the cormorants are impressive.
      See the photos I contributed to this group earlier: "boy leaping from shipwreck."

    11. Cole Chase Photography 21 months ago | reply

      Wow, that has been there a long time! This would be something to see in person and your photo of it with the birds and beautiful light is something. Love this!

    12. lonniec61 21 months ago | reply

      wow, didn't know we had a wreck like this. neat

    13. 45th Parallel Exposure 21 months ago | reply

      Nice up close and personal shot...and thanks for sharing the wiki shot! Through all the years of seeing photos of the wreck I don't ever recall seeing a "before" photo.

    14. Robin-Wilson 21 months ago | reply

      Very cool shot John!!!....kinda eerie with the birds taking over!!

    15. farlane 18 months ago | reply

      Hey John - featuring your photo on Yesterday & today with the Francisco Morazon at Leelanau.com.

      Thanks for sharing in the Leelanau (dot com) pool!

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