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Bermuda
Jul 7th, 2009 by Tom

Wreck Summary

Type  Shipwreck
Build  Wooden Two-masted canal schooner
Location

 Munising, Michigan

Depth  25 feet
Length  136 feet
Built  1860
Sank  1870
Access  Boat
Experience Level  Novice
Orientation

 Upright

After diving in Lake Superior for the first time all I can say is… what took me so long?

This particular wreck had just about everything that can be right with a wreck: shallow for long bottom times, penetration potential, artifacts to find (just don’t tell anyone they’re fake), and is extremely in tact for a mid-nineteenth century wreck in only 25′ of water. If the dive boat had a buffet I don’t think I’d ever leave.

The Bermuda originally sunk miles away from its present location, was raised, moved, had her cargo partially salvaged, sunk again, was victim of an unsuccessful raising attempt and stayed put at the bottom of a well-sheltered bay which should protect her (if the salvers will only leave her alone.)

The wreck is actually quite safe now with the creation of Michigan’s 113 square mile Alger Underwater Preserve which protects wrecks and their artifacts. Unfortunately the only artifacts to be found here aren’t genuine. There are pottery shards in the hold with a 1980’s date marking, and a barrel which may be a remnant of a keg party a century ago but was not originally from this ship.

Her rail is quite in tact aside from a section believed to have been torn down by dive boats in the years before a mooring was put in place. The only real danger here is having to evade the frequent glass bottom tour boats

If you visit this site not only will you be able to tell your co-workers you went to "Bermuda" for the weekend, but also about the draught markings, fully in tact rudder, neat steering gear, abundant fish hiding in the bow, deck damage from the failed salvage attempt, and the transom which still has the original pain between the boards. You can also tell them there are no zebra mussels - if you see their eyes light up you’ll know they’re divers.

 

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