Scuba Diving in Eber Ward wreck, Lake Michigan,
Advanced to Expert
105ft /32m - 150ft /45.7m
June to September
Surface storms, low visibility
The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve lies at the northern tip of Lakes Michigan and Huron and tries to preserve Michigan’s shipwrecks for later generations. Over the years, a large number of ships have submerged in the Straits, many of them have yet to be discovered.
The Eber Ward is an excellent example of a classic wooden bulk freighter. The 213 ft/64.92 m long ship was built in 1888, it was cut by ice and sank on April 9, 1909 in Lake Michigan. She lays upright and intact about 5 mi/8.04 km west of the bridge in 150 ft /45.7 m depth of water. Her deck can be reached at 105 ft/32 m depth.
The engine is visible from the deck. A large and unique “mushroom” anchor hangs on the port side of the bow. One of her lifeboats rests overturned on the bottom, off the starboard stern, where you can also find her cook stove. Lots of dinnerware were recovered in the area, before it became illegal to bring back artifacts. The Eber Ward was rediscovered in 1980 by Chuck Feltner and has become one of the most popular dive sites in the Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve.
Items of interest for divers can be her engines and boilers. Her smokestack is off the starboard side. There are penetration opportunities, such as the holds that can be easily accessed by those trained to do so. Keep in mind that this area can be tricky to dive, due to currents, low visibility and surface storms. The Eber Ward has killed several divers! If not properly trained, don’t dive.
How to Get to Destination
FROM SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN
84.65 km/52.6 mi, 54 mins
Follow the I-75 S.
1. Head southeast on Dawson St in Kimball St. 2. Turning right at (n) Johnston St. 3. Take the 2nd turning right into E Easterday Ave. 4. Turn left to enter the I-75 S toward St Ignace. 5. Take exit 345 for Portage St to St Ignace. 6. Turn left into the (n) Portage St. 7. Continue in Central Hill. 8. Turning right at (n) S State St Your destination will be on your right.
FROM ALPENA, MICHIGAN
162.54 km/101 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Follow the US-23 N.
1. Head northwest on U.S.-twenty-three N / E Chisholm St toward S 2nd Ave Continue to follow the US-23 N. 2. Turning right at (n) N Main St. 3. Take the first left turn into U.S. 23-N / Mackinaw Ave Continue to follow the US-23 N. 4. exit toward I-75 N With controlled toll road. 5. Take exit 344A to Saint Ignace. 6. Turning right at (n) I-75 Business Your destination will be on your left.
FROM THESSALON, ON, CANADA
176 km/109.36 mi, 2 hours 2 mins
Follow the ON-17 and I-75 S.
1. Head west on Huron St to Main St 2. Proceed to Frances St / Fullerton Bridge Continue to follow the Frances St. 3. Proceed to Lakeside Dr. 4. Turning left at (n) -ON on the 17th. 5. Turn right to stay on (n) -ON on the 17th. 6. Turning right at (n) S Market St. 7. Proceed to McNabb St. 8. Continue along St Georges Ave E. 9. Turn left into the (n) Huron St. 10. Turning right at (n) Sault Ste Marie International Bridge With controlled toll road. 11. Continue straight to stay on the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 12. Slight left to stay in Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 13. Turn right to stay on (n) Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 14. Proceed to I-75 S With controlled toll road. 15. Take exit 345 for Portage St to St Ignace. 16. Turning left at (n) Portage St. 17. Continue in Central Hill. 18. Turning right at (n) S State St. Your destination will be on your right.
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
Sault Ste. Marie Airport ,
64 miles / 103 km.
There is no train station serving this spot.
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