JULY 5-10th 2017
Come and Join us on our dives around the Great lakes this Summer!! In this Leg we will be diving Lake Superior and Lake Huron. This leg starts July 5th at 3pm driving up to Mackinaw City Michigan. We will be diving 6 dives on Mackinaw Shipwrecks, with Shipwreck Adventures as our charter company.
July 5th– Traveling to Mackinaw City Michigan and Checking into Lighthouse View Motel
July 6th– Diving 2 Dives on The Cedarville. Built in 1927, the Cedarville is the third largest freighter lost on the Great Lakes (after the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Carl Bradley). This 600 foot ship sank in a tragic accident on May 7, 1965 in Lake Huron. An ocean-going Norwegian freighter collided midships with the Cedarville in foggy weather. Ten men died when she rolled and sank in 37 degree water. The Cedarville lies on her starboard side broken nearly in two in 105 feet of water. Because she is partly inverted, divers can become disoriented on her. The hull can be reached at about 40 feet. The bow and stern sections are generally both buoyed. Divers can visit the pilothouse and large holds. The unloader arm lies extended on the bottom. The stern features the galley and crew quarters.
July 7th– Diving The Eber Ward. The 213 foot long Eber Ward was built in 1888. She was cut by ice and sank on April 9, 1909 in Lake Michigan. She is upright and mostly intact and is an excellent example of a classic wooden bulk freighter. Her deck can be reached at 105 feet and the bottom at 150 feet. Her engines and boilers provide items of interest for divers. The holds can be fairly easily penetrated by experienced divers. Her port bow has a large and unique “mushroom” anchor. A conventional woodstock anchor rests on her starboard bow. One of her lifeboats is overturned on the bottom off her starboard stern.
The Sandusky. This small, 110 foot brig, built in 1848, was lost in a storm in Lake Michigan with all hands on September 20, 1856. She sits upright with a figurehead still gracing her prow. Over the years before it was made illegal, many of her artifacts were removed by divers. Still, she is an imposing site to visit and is very popular with less experienced divers since she sits in 80 feet of water and her deck can be reached at 70 feet.
Maitland. The graceful, 141 foot schooner Maitland was built in Canada and launched in 1861. She was converted to American ownership in 1867 and was carrying a load of corn when she collided with two ships on June 11, 1871. She survived a glancing blow by the first but was struck hard on her starboard bow by the second and she sank quickly in Lake Michigan in 85 feet of water. Her masts are gone but her hull is intact except for the impact site. Visiting divers can see her windlass and many deck fittings. The remains of her deck cabin rest on the bottom at her starboard stern.
July 8th– Diving William H. Barnum. The wooden steamer William H. Barnum was built in 1873. She was lost on April 3, 1894 – the day before the Minneapolis. She too was cut by ice and then foundered in about 75 feet of water in Lake Huron close to the Lower Peninsula. When she sank, her boilers apparently exploded leaving the engine area a mixture of debris from the deck and boilers. What remains of her deck and engine can be reached at about 50 feet. The bow is intact and the chain locker area is sufficiently open to permit fairly easy penetration. Except for the stern, the hull itself is intact. The stern has collapsed around a very large propeller. The rudder was removed and is on display in a park in St. Ignace.
MARTIN STALKER The Stalker fell prey to a November storm. She was attempting to ride out a gale while anchored west of Mackinaw City when the barge Muskoka struck her. The collision took her headgear down and, loaded with a cargo of iron ore, she began to sink. Despite her bilge pumps and a dash for shore, she went down with her crew abandoning her. There was no loss of life.
After the days diving we are traveling to our lake side cabins outside of Whitefish Point
July 9th Diving 2 dives on The SS Vienna was built in 1873 during the era when steamers were built with sail rigging. She had a 19 year career marked with maritime incidents including sinking when she was just 3 years old. She sank for her final time in fair weather in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior after she received a mortal blow when she was inexplicably rammed by the steamer Nipigon. Although no lives were lost when the Vienna sank for the last time. rests in 100-140 feet of water. Afterwards we will return to our Lakeside Cabins for a bonfire party BBQ food and refreshments for this party are provided by us (Port Deco Divers) on the shores of Lake Superior and checking out Monday “July 10th” and heading for home.
Lake Superior: be staying in Whitefish point for one night and 2 dives on the famous S.S. Vienna out of Whitefish Point http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/underwater-research/steamer-vienna/
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Total remaining balance of 535.99 due by 5-25-2017
Total Trip Cost 835.99
This Includes Logging, Diving, and Sunday night BBQ party. Dive gear rental and Air Fills/ Nitrox can be made prior to leaving call the store and inquire.
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