Record heat across the state, gusty wind and multiple shipwrecks top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on November 19.
1869 – The wood bark, 3-mast De Soto, while carrying 480 tons of iron ore, was lying to at Marquette in a gale, when she dragged her anchors and ran afoul of the schooner Athenian, losing her jibbom and bowsprit. She was laid up at a dock at Marquette awaiting repairs afterward and was destroyed less than a month later when another gale finished her off.
1886 – The wood schooner-barge Marinette, while carrying lumber, was in tow of the steamer Manistique, when she broke tow and went ashore in a 3-day northwest gale southeast of Fairport, MI, Garden Peninsula in Lake Michigan. The woman cook and her 13 year old daughter were among the lost. The wreck eventually washed ashore near Frankfort. 6 of the 7 crew perished.
1887 – The wood schooner-barge, 3-mast [iron frames] Richard Morwood, while carrying barreled stove oil, separated from her tow vessel during a gale and with sails torn apart, she struck bottom and sank after drifting for some time near Grand Island near Munising, MI in Lake Superior. Declared a total loss, but recovered in 1888.
1909 – The wood schooner Defiance was stranded and a total loss in a gale at the mouth of Bark River, 10 miles south of Escanaba, MI in the bay of Green Bay.
1914 – The wood, bulk freighter [lumber hooker] C.F. Curtis, while carrying lumber, was torn apart offshore 7 miles east of Grand Marais, MI in Lake Superior in a gale and sank. All 14 crew members perished. She had two big barges in tow at the time. The schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast Selden E. Marvin, while carrying lumber, was being towed by the lumber hooker C.F. Curtis with Annie M. Peterson. She separated from the others. All three vessels were lost, with the Marvin being torn to pieces and sunk somewhere off Crisp Point, east of Grand Marais, MI in Lake Superior. Her wreckage was strewn on the beach all along this coast. All 7 crew members perished on the Marvin. The wood schooner-barge, 2-mast, bulk freight Annie M. Peterson, while carrying lumber, sank off the mouth of Two-Hearted River in Lake Superior with all 9 crew members perishing.
1930 – Record late season warmth was across Lower Michigan with highs in the 70s. Here are the records, which still stand today: Grand Rapids 74° on the 19th and 71° on the 20th, Muskegon 74° on the 19th and 76° on the 20th.
1953 – This started a two-day streak of record highs in Flint with a temperature of 70° on the 19th and 68° on the 20th. Alpena observes records on the 19th and 20th, with 72° and 65° respectively. Houghton Lake sees three days with records, 66° on the 18th, 69° on the 19th and 64° on the 20th. The records for Marquette run from the 16th to the 19th with readings of 67°, 67°, 68°, and 59°. The streak of record heat for Sault Ste. Marie only runs from the 16th to the 18th with 60°, 66° and 62°. In West Michigan Lansing also participates in the record warmth with a temperature of 70° on the 19th and 67° on the 20th.
1957 – The steel tug D & C struck a reef called Grenfell Rock on the North Shore, due north of Eagle River, MI and foundered in a gale on Lake Superior.
2010 – A cold front extending from a low pressure system moving through northwest Ontario produced gusty west winds near 65 mph at Stannard Rock in the evening.