Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake by volume and the only one located entirely in the United States. The lake’s shoreline is more than 1600 mi/2575 km and the average depth is 195 ft/59.4 m. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have the same surface elevation and are technically a single lake. They are actually connected by the Straits of Mackinac, where many ships have foundered due to heavy storms. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve, located at the northern edge of Lakes Michigan and Huron, tries to preserve Michigan’s shipwrecks for next generations. One of the shipwrecks found is Colonel Ellsworth.
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Scuba Diving in William Young wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA
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.