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 Wells Burt, Chicago, Illinois USA
One great attraction near Chicago in Lake Michigan is the wreck of a schooner, the Wells Burt that is lying on the bottom of the lake since 20/05/1883. The wooden ship was built in 1873 and was used for transport purposes.
The 64.6 x 10.4 x 4.3 m/211.3 x 34.1 x 14.1 ft sailing ship weighted 756 tons and had a 3 mast rigging. The wreck is protected, so it is recommended to dive with a scuba diving school and not alone, because they have the appropriate licenses.
The only way to reach the point is by boat, on a trip that lasts less than 10 minutes. The spot is easy to find and has a great diving quality. It is suggested to have some kind of experience, as the diving level for the spot is CMAS */ OW.
When you reach the site and find the exact point, you will be down at an average of 12.2 m/40 ft depth, which is also the maximum depth. Bio interest of the area is poor, but you have more important things to observe such as this great shipwreck!
Visibility is medium, but adequate enough in order to see the glorious ship resting peacefully in its water grave. If you are a wreck diving enthusiast, this place will thrill you!!
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