North channel, Lake Huron
|| 120 feet
|| 299 feet
|| Advanced to Technical
Some divers go a lifetime without ever getting to experience a wreck of the caliber of the Northwind. At six inches shy of 300′ long it takes awhile to get to see. And considering it’s depth of up to 120′, bottom time can be limited which makes it mandatory to do more than one dive here (you won’t wanna leave anyway).
What makes this such a great wreck? I hear you ask… well, I’ll tell ya. Think of all the things that COULD make it a great wreck, and they’re probably here. If it was shallow it would be in pieces by now, so depth is an asset. It’s hull should be entirely in tact. It’s anchors should be in place, along with deck machinery, and have artifacts like pots and cooking utensils. It should have a prop, portholes with glass, bow in pristine condition, anchor chains, and a variety of penetration potential. The Northwind has it all. For good measure it also has a wooden life buoy, smokestack you can swim through, ladders, doors, a red sign on the mast with ship details, and other stuff just as neat as they are weird.
Although this wreck lacks a ship’s wheel it has one of the rarest artifacts in all of the Great Lakes: a bathtub. Bathing in it is not recommended.