It may have been the rattle of windows on the northeast side of the houses near Lake Superior that first brought tidings of ill omens to the wives and loved ones that were still sailing on the Great Lakes. It was early November as warm winds that blew of the mariners from the southeast shifted to the cold north and west. As seasons on the Great Lakes move from autumn into winter, warmed waters colliding with cold harsh winds from the north could bring fear to the families of Great Lakes sailors. Nevertheless the waters of the Midwest were still free of ice and money was to be made in the transportation of goods. It had to be done, there were hungry children at home, yet the captain and crew of Great Lakes ships nervously watched the skies for signs of heavy weather.