Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes and the only one placed entirely within the United States. It has the same surface elevation as Lake Huron and it is the second largest of Great Lakes. The Straits of Mackinac join Lake Michigan with Lake Huron, sometimes called the Michigan-Huron. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve holds numerous shipwrecks, one of them being the Maitland.
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Scuba Diving in Martin Stalker wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA
The Martin Stalker was a 135 ft/41.14 m schooner, built in 1863 and have passed the Great Lakes more than 20 years, before her collision on November 5, 1886. Due to a severe November gale, the Stalker anchored off west of Mackinaw City in an attempt to ride out the storms. About two in the morning, the barge Muskoka stuck her in the bow. Despite her crew’s efforts to run to shore, she finally went down.
The Martin Stalker lies in 100 ft/30.48 m depth of water, 2 mi/3.21 km east of Mackinac Bridge in Lake Huron. She is sitting upright on a sloping lake floor. Her deck is untouched and the stern and midships are also intact. Her bow is broken, while her windlass, winches and rigging remain. She lies in the Mackinaw City to the Mackinaw Island ferry lane. As ferries pass nearby, it is compulsory to raise a dive flag and have a check out onboard. Current is usually mild, but diving should be avoided on foggy days.
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