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Great Lakes Frequently Asked Questions

How many Great Lakes are there?

There are five Great Lakes.

What is the largest of the Great Lakes?

Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes.

What is the smallest of the Great Lakes?

Lake Ontario is the smallest of the five Great Lakes.

How many shipwrecks have occurred on the Great Lakes?

Approximately 6,000 shipwrecks have occurred on the Great Lakes with the death toll totaling upwards of 30,000 lives.

How many states are bordered by the Great Lakes?

There are approximately eight that are bordered greatly.

Were there storms more dangerous than the one that took the Fitz?

YES! One example is the "storm of 1913.”

Are all the Lakes sailed on by freighters like the Fitzgerald?

Yes, all of the Lakes are sailed on by freighters.

Which lake is the deepest?

Lake Superior is the deepest of the five Great Lakes.

Which Lake is the most shallow?

Lake Erie is the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.

What is the biggest iron ore shipping port in the world?

The Duluth-Superior port is the world's biggest iron ore shipping port.

Are the Lakes actually fresh water lakes?

Yes, all of the Lakes are fresh water lakes.

What was the biggest Great Lakes disaster ever?

The S.S. Eastland; it sank at dock, in Chicago in 1915 and 813 people drowned.

How long is the shoreline of the Great Lakes?

The shoreline of the Great Lakes is 8,300 miles long.

What is the area of all the Great Lakes combined?

The area of all the Great Lakes combined is 95,160 square miles.

Out of all five of the Great Lakes, which did the Fitz sail on?

As far as we can tell from our research, she sailed on all of them except for Lake Ontario. If this is an error, email us.

How much of the Great Lakes "belong" to Canada?

Canada “owns” 34,210 square miles of the Great Lakes, a little over a third.

How much of the Great Lakes "belong" to the U.S.?

The United States “own” 60,950 square miles of the Great Lakes.

What is the world's busiest canal?

The Soo Canal is the world's busiest canal.

How big are the Lakes compared to others in the world?

The Great Lakes are the BIGGEST fresh water lakes in the world.

What month do most storms hit the Great Lakes?

November is "the month of storms" for the Great Lakes.

Are there bays/rivers that are considered part of the Great Lakes?

Yes, there are many bays and rivers that are considered part of the Great Lakes.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

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