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Scuba Diving in William H. Barnum wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Depth:
50ft /15m - 75ft /23m
Visibility:
Good
Diving Season:
June to September
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.

The William H. Barnum was a wooden steamer, built in Detroit, Michigan, in 1873. She was cut by ice, started taking on water and lost on April 3, 1894. She sunk in 75 ft/ 22.86 m depth of water, 5.5 mi/ 8.85 km east of the bridge in Lake Huron.

She now lies upright and mostly intact, except for the stern that has collapsed around a very large propeller. Most of the decks have fall in, but the bow is intact and the chain locker area is open enough to offer penetration opportunities. Her engine lies in 50 ft/ 15.24 m depth and her boiler and propeller can also be seen. Her rudder was removed and now displayed in a park in St. Ignace.  As the current is mild and the visibility good, it is considered an intermediate dive.

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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