Sad Wreck, those lakes have taken allot of lives over the centuries. Unless you've seen them, you have no idea just how huge they are, small oceans is more like it and when the cold winds blow, it is treacherous to live near them. Im 70 miles from Lake Ontario but we get Lake Effect weather like were sitting right beside it.
The lakes are a great transportation corridor but they take their pounds of flesh as a toll for passage. God bless all those who make their living navigating them, they are some pretty brave Mariners!