Shipwrecks: Lake Huron, Michigan

I don't think I have ever seen shipwrecks as visually spectacular as in Presque Isle, Lake Huron.....well, ok, maybe in Truk--but that's the %$#*-tropics! As we spent a week diving incredible ships, sitting upright on the bottom in (literally) crystal clear (fresh!) water, I found myself continuously asking....'why am I diving in New Jersey again.....?'

Images from 2016 Great Lakes Trip

Presque Isle, Michigan, August 2016

I first dived in the Great Lakes in 2015, visiting the superb shipwrecks of Presque Isle, Michigan. This experience may have spoiled me forever: fabulous shipwrecks in an incredible state of preservation, combined with amazing visibility.....what more could a photographer/diver ask for? We returned again in 2016, and I expect that a yearly trip to the Great Lakes will now be a tradition!

Divers exploring the foredeck of the schooner Typo with the bell still in placeMike Powell inside the bowels of the wooden freighter Florida

Corneila B Windiate (w/ Mike Powell)Constellation Cassiopeia rising behind the old Presque Isle lighthouseSteel freighter Norman

Mike Boring with Corneila B Windiate helmBroken stern of the FloridaMilky Way over Presque Isle marina

The wrecks located in this region of Lake Huron are in a fabulous state of perservation. At one point as we were heading to the schooner Defiance, I jokingly said to Captain Brian Anderson, 'Another upright schooner with the masts still standing, is that all you have here!?' Our original plan on this trip was to spend half the week in Presque Isle, then move south to Thunder Bay....but as events unfolded we couldn't bear to leave the schooners and freighters of Presque Isle...Thunder Bay would have to wait!

The broad, bluff bow of the schooner DefianceThe Typo's magnificent bowsprit and forward mastThe Defiance's stern and rudder

Images from 2015 Great Lakes Trip

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Great Lakes Shipwreck MuseumEdmund Fitzgerald bellOld Presque Isle lighthouseLighthouse stairwellEdmund Fitzgeralds lifeboat

Presque Isle, Michigan, August 2015

I don't think I have ever seen shipwrecks as visually spectacular as in Presque Isle, Lake Huron.....well, ok, maybe in Truk--but that's the %$#*-tropics! As we spent a week diving incredible ships, sitting upright on the bottom in (literally) crystal clear (fresh!) water, I found myself continuously asking....'why am I diving in New Jersey again.....?'

Mike Boring set the trip up for a group of six of us--Mike, Karen Flynn & Yoda, Dave Etchison, Mike Powell and myself. After a 12-hour drive to Michigan, we spent a week diving with Captain Brian Anderson MN-Blackdog Diving who proved a great host to some absolutely fantastic diving. Can't wait to get back!

The stern of the Cornelia B. Windiate (w/ Karen Flynn)The Cornelia B. Windiate's Bow (w/ Mike Powell)
The incredible bow of the schooner Typo (w/ Mike Powell)Steamship Florida's Bow, complete w/ capstan cover (w/ Dave Etchison)Looking head-on at the steamship Florida's Bow (w/ Mike Powell)
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