Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the third largest fresh water lake on Earth. Lake Huron is separated from Lake Michigan by the 5 mi / 8 km wide Straits of Mackinac. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve shelters many shipwrecks. Among them is the William H. Barnum.
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Scuba Diving in Northwest wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA
The Northwest is a 223 ft/ 67.97 m wooden schooner, built in 1873. In April 1898, while being under tow by the propeller Aurora, she was stuck by submersed ice and started taking on water. Though the Aurora tried to tow her to shallow water, she was blocked by ice and slipped beneath the waves and ice. Her crew was taken on board of Aurora without any life loss.
She now sits in 73 ft/ 22.25 m depth of water and 6 mi/ 9.56 km west of the bridge in Lake Michigan. Today, she is scattered on the lake floor, but even in this condition, her deck and construction techniques can be seen along with her donkey steam engine, bilge pumps and windlass. The stern and rudder lie on the lake floor. Due to her condition and the mild current, she is considered to be an advanced dive!
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