Discover the shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve through the clear waters of Lake Superior and view the rock formations of Grand Island. History comes alive as you hear about these turn of the century wrecks. This is the only place in the United States that you can see real shipwrecks aboard a Glass Bottom Boat.
Munising, MI is situated on the southern shore of Lake Superior and is one of the few places that ships can find safe refuge from a storm. The northwest portion of the harbor has Grand Island bringing additional protection to this refuge. Eight historic shipwrecks are found within the Alger Underwater Preserve. Both divers and boaters can enjoy viewing these shipwrecks. The following shipwrecks are within the diving limits for those seeking an underwater adventure.
The earliest shipwreck located within the Alger Preserve is the Bermuda which sank on October 15th, 1870. The Bermuda is found between Grand Island and Munising and is one of the favorites of divers.
One of the popular shipwrecks in the preserve is the Smith Moore, a wooden steam barge. This ship sank on July 13, 1889.
Herman H. Hettler
This wooden steam boat sand after seeking refuge from a storm on November 23rd, 1926. This wreck lies 30 to 40 feet in the water.
The Kiowa sank on November 30th, 1929 and can be found at a depth of 40 feet. The Kiowa was a steel bulk freight steamer.
This wooden steamer sank on October 26, 1903, just a day after seeking refuge in the harbor. Upon leaving the refuge the failed steering caused the steamer to hit a reef. It now rests 20 to 40 feet below the water’s surface.
Steven M. Selvick
The Steven M. Selvick was built in Cleveland, OH in 1915. This historic ship aided in the building of the Mackinac Bridge. In 1994, this ship was donated to the Alger Preserve. This vessel was intentionally sunk in 1996 for sport diving opportunities.
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