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Scuba Diving in Fred McBrier wreck, Lake Michigan, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Depth:
89ft /27m - 104ft /31.6m
Diving Season:
May to September
Current:
Mild
Visibility:
Usually fair
Lake Michigan’s basin is conjoining with that of Lake Huron to the east and having the same surface elevation, they are technically a single lake. The large size of the Lakes and the fact that they are prone to sudden and harsh storms, combined with the rocky shoals and shallows of Straits of Mackinac, increases the risk of water travel and has led hundreds of ships to their end.

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. One of the shipwrecks that has been found is the wooden steamer Fred McBrier.

Built in W. Bay City of Michigan in 1881, the Fred McBrier was nine years old when she sank in October 1890. Loaded with iron ore, while towing two schooner barges, she was moving cautiously in conditions of poor visibility. The darkness and the misinterpreted fog horn signals, that the Fred McBrier exchanged with the oncoming schooner barge Progress led to their collision.

The 161 ft/49 m long, wooden steamer Fred McBrier is now located upright in 104 ft/32 m depth of water, 9 mi/14.48 km west of the bridge, in Lake Michigan. Moored at her upright engine (which is at 85 ft/26 m), the Fred McBrier is slowly dissolving. Her bow has separated, but her stern is mostly intact. You will be able to see much of her equipment, including the engines and windlass. Penetration is possible.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR 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.
BY CAR 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.
BY CAR 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.
BY AIR
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
BY AIR
Sault Ste. Marie Airport ,
64 miles / 103 km.
BY TRAIN

There is no train station serving this spot.

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