Scuba Diving in William Young wreck, Lake Huron,
Intermediate to Advanced
100ft / 30m - 120ft / 36.5m
May to September
From mild to strong
Lake Huron, the second largest of the Great Lakes and the third largest fresh water lake of the world, accommodates many shipwrecks. Large number of ships have sunk in the Straits of Mackinac, many of them not yet found. One of the shipwrecks that has been discovered is William Young.
This shipwreck was found in 2002 off South Graham Shoal in Lake Huron. It is located in Lake Huron, 1.25 mi/2.01 km east of Mackinac Bridge. She was built in 1863 and when she foundered, she had been converted from a schooner-barge to a tow-barge. The William Young was lost on October 5, 1891, while carrying a cargo of coal that still fills her holds.
The William Young has all of her fittings and gear intact, sitting upright in 120 ft/36.57 m depth of water. When she hit the bottom, her bow split open, the top deck cabins were swept away, while the anchors still hang on each side. Due to her late discovery, she has not been looted and there is much to be seen. Her wheel, deadeyes, pulleys and other equipment are some of them.
A portion of the bow deck is about 50 ft/15.24 m astern, while more are to be discovered. There is usually some current that can be strong in some cases and visibility also varies.
How to Get to Destination
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.
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.
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.
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
Sault Ste. Marie Airport ,
64 miles / 103 km.
There is no train station serving this spot.
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