Rockaway


History

Lost in a storm while transporting lumber from Ludington to Benton Harbor, the 107′ schooner became waterlogged and sank near South Haven. Found by fishermen in 1983 the site became the focus of years of archeological study by the Michigan Maritime Museum. Many artifacts were removed and are part of the State of Michigan collection.

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Rockaway

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Rockaway 42.439500, -86.308000 The wreck is usually marked from Memorial Day to Labor day. Rockaway Page

Today

Rockaway Deck Board

Rockaway Deck Board

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.

 

Diving

The wreckage lies in ~70 feet of water about XX miles off shore, and about XX miles XX of South Haven. 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.

Location

Southeast Lake Michigan North of the South Haven Port.

GPS  42deg 26.37min / 86deg 18.48min

 

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)

Latitude Longitude
42.4395 -86.308

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds

Latitude Longitude
N42 26 22 W86 18 28

GPS

Latitude Longitude
N 42 26.370 W 18.480

UTM

X Y
16N 556914 4698807