Bound from Escanaba to St. Joseph with seas running high, this 135′ schooner took on water and slowly sank relatively close to shore. The wreckage has continued to be battered by storms and winter ice since it’s sinking in 1887.
Today the remaining keelson, centerboard trunk, hull framing, hanging knees and deck lie spread out. The hull has opened up and collapsed exposing the construction of the ship. The shifting sand covers and exposes different sections every year. Dead eyes, wire rigging, and chain have been seen in recent years. This wreck is marked with a white jug on the surface. You can moor to the line the jug is attached to.
The wreckage lies in ~50 feet of water,1 mile off shore, and about 8 miles north of St. Joseph. Visibility usually runs from 10-40′ with a soft and silt bottom. This is a good “rubble” wreck with enough to see for a 2 tank dive if you take the time to look in and around the timbers for the dead eyes and hardware. There is some fishing line and a tag line is suggested for navigation to help you find your way back to the up line. The wreck is usually marked from Memorial Day to Labor day.
The shipwreck is located in Southeast Lake Michigan South of the South Haven port and North of the Saint Joseph port.
GPS 42deg 11.729min / 86deg 25.697min The wreck is usually marked by local divers with a floating jug with a mooring line.
Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
N42 11 43 W86 25 41
N 42 11.729 W 86 25.697
16N 547203 4671639