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.
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Scuba Diving in St. Andrew wreck, Lake Michigan, Michigan USA
The St. Andrew was a 135 ft/41.14 m schooner, built in 1857, that was lost, while carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo on June 26, 1878. The St. Andrew sank at night after the collision with the schooner Peshtigo. Both ships sank together, but the Peshtigo has never been located. All of the St. Andrew crew were saved, but two members of the Peshtigo crew were lost during collision.
She lies in 65 ft/19.81 m depth of water, 11 mi /17.7 km east of the bridge in Lake Huron. The St. Andrew is upright, but rather broken up. The bow and deck are still intact, while the top deck shows some exceptional examples of the sailing hardware and construction of the time. Her centerboard is upright and her windlass is partially covered by the deck. The current is mild and the visibility is also good, making it a great dive for beginners.
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