Dive the Shipwrecks of Lake Superior

Wreck ExpressOpen Water Certification Required – Must have your own Gear – Tanks and Weights are available for rent

We will escort you on our 6 passenger boat, Fun Time, with head and hot water or Wreck Express,  a 38′ delta that can accommodate 12 divers, and maybe a few extra riders, for some great diving for all experience levels in the Munising Alger Underwater Preserve.  The Wreck Express has a head(bathroom), large indoor cabin space, heat,  a chase zodiac, oxygen on board, and easy access in and out of the water from the back platform.

GetAttachment-3Each trip includes two different shipwreck sites, normally one deep and one shallow.

Individual and group rates available. Dive shop and air service at dock.  Thorough dive orientation given at sites.

Check with your areas local dive shops to see if they have excursions planned with us that you may join.

Most Popular Wrecks We Visit

The BERMUDA is a very popular for both beginners and advanced SCUBA diGetInline-3vers. A merchant schooner of 394 tons, she was built launched from Oswego, NY, in 1860, and sunk with 3 lives lost of in October 1870. Although this wreck lies in only 30 feet of water, it is protected from ice and wave damage. The result is an intact 136 foot schooner sitting upright and waiting for visitors. The BERMUDA was 26 feet in beam and l l feet, 9 inches in depth.

Photo right courtesy of Chris Doyal Underwater Photograpy. www.chrisdoyal.com

 

The HERMAN HETTLER , a 210′ wooden steamerGetInline-5 wrecked on Nov. 23. 1926. It was launched in 1890 from West Bay City, MI as the steamer WALTER VAIL. The HETTLER was laden with a cargo of table salt when she encountered one of those famous November gales. She was headed for the shelter of Grand Island, Munising, Michigan, when she struck Trout Point reef and was torn apart over the next 3 days. All 27 of her crew escaped before the steamer broke up. This Shipwreck site is scattered over 1/2 mile and is classified as two different dive sites.

Photo left courtesy of Chris Doyal Underwater Photography. www.chrisdoyal.com

 

THE KIOWA, a steel bulk freight steamer of 2,309 tons and 251 feet was launched in 1920 at Wyandotte, Michigan. The KIOWA was blasted by a tremendous gale on November 30, 1929. The shifting of her unstable cargo of flax seed made her unmanageable, and she went on an Au Sable reef, several miles west of Grand Marais, Michigan. Five lives were lost, but the other 16 crewmen were saved in a courageous rescue effort. The wreck is located in 20-40 foot depths.

 

THE MANHATTAN , a wooden bulk freight steamer of 1,545 tons, 252 feet in length, launched in 

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1887 at Wyandotte, Michigan, and sunk Oct. 26, 1903. She was caught in a gale and seeking shelter in Munising Bay for the night. In the morning the was heading out when one of the rudder chains broke. The ship took a slow turn to port and crashed into the rocks of Grand Island. A lantern tipped over catching fire and didn’t go out until it burned to the water. The crew made it to the East channel lighthouse safe and sound. The wreck sits in 20-40 feet of water.

Photo left courtesy of Chris Doyal Underwater Photography. www.chrisdoyal.com

 

 

 

 

 

  The STEVEN M. SELVICK , a steel tug of 70 gross tons, 71 feet in 

Steven M. Selviclength and 19 feet beam was cleaned and intentionally sunk off Trout Point on June 1, 1996 by the Alger Underwater Preserve and many volunteer efforts.  This wreck is a great fish habitat and a great example of Lake Superiors awesome power for it was originally sunk in 65 ft. of water and sat almost upright. Over the years the wave action has picked up this shipwreck and has dropped it on it’s side in 60 ft. of water. WOW!

Photo right courtesy of Chris Doyal Underwater Photography. www.chrisdoyal.com

 

The SMITH MOORE , a 260-foot three masted steamer which sank July 13, 1889. Bound from Marquette with her holds filled with iron ore, the freighter was running in a dense fog when she was rammed by the similarly sized steamer JAMES PICKANDS. The PICKANDS never stopped and, though she remained afloat for some time, the MOORE was fatally damaged. After the fog lifted, her distress signals brought the freighter M M DRAKE to her assistance. The MOORE’s crew was taken off and the steamer herself taken in tow, but she sank on her approach to Munising.

The Wreck Mysteries – Where Are They Now?

Rumors, legends and stories of shipwrecks abound in the Grand Island area. 30 ships are known to have gone down in the area of the Pictured Rocks. Of these, nearly half remain undiscovered.


 
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