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Scuba Diving in Sandusky wreck, Lake Michigan, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Depth:
70ft /21m - 80ft /24m
Diving Season:
June to September
Water temperature:
Low
Lake Michigan’s basin is conjoining with that of Lake Huron’s to the east and having the same surface elevation, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are technically a single lake. 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. One of the shipwrecks that has been found is that of Sandusky.

The Sandusky was a small 110 ft/33.52 m brig, built in 1848 and was bound from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of grain when she was lost in a storm on September 20, 1856. Many of her artifacts were removed by divers over the years, before it became illegal to bring back artifacts. Nonetheless, she is still a magnificent site to visit and one of the most popular shipwrecks in The Straits of Mackinac.

The Sandusky sits upright and fairly intact in 85 ft/ 26 m depth of water, 5 mi/8.04 km west of the bridge, in Lake Michigan. The deck can be reached at 70 ft/21.33 m depth. There are a number of interesting artifacts on and around the wreck, including her ram’s head figurehead. Her bowsprit still points upward and the figurehead crowns the bow.

Many attempted thefts have forced the Preserve to replace the original figurehead with a replica some years ago. Her rudder, tiller, capstan, working bilge pump, masts and rigging are still untouched. The Sandusky is very popular with less experienced divers.

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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