Watching two freighters pass each other on the chilly waters of Lake Huron today, I was reminded of one of the Michigan authors profiled in Ink Trails II.


Mary Frances Doner set several of her novels in the area where I now live, near Port Huron. As one brief literary listing says, these works  “focus on the people who sailed the freight and passenger ships on the Lakes, their ambitions and joy in their work, and the drama of storms and accidents; and on the wives, girlfriends, and children who awaited them in the cities and small towns on the shores.”

i suppose it’s just a reminder to me that these mammoth freshwater seas have every bit of the romance of the saltwater version.