Shipwreck Tours

scuba dive in the upper peninsulaScuba Dive the
Lake Superior Shipwrecks

Grand Island Charters
1204 Commercial St.
Munising, MI 49862

Office and Gift Shop:
Phone: (906)387-4477

 

Scuba Dive the Shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve

Captain Peter Lindquist is the owner-operator of Shipwreck Tours, which offers Glass Bottom Boat Narrated Tours of Lake Superior Shipwrecks and Lake Superior Shipwreck Scuba Diving Tours. He was responsible, in large part, for adding the Steven M. Selvik to the Alger Underwater Diving Preserve.

Shipwreck Tours offers Lake Superior shipwreck diving for beginning, intermediate and expert divers. There is a dive shop with limited rental scuba equipment and air service. Morning and afternoon dives. Shipwreck Tours offers individual and group rates.

The Alger Underwater Preserve is located in Lake Superior near the diver-friendly city of Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This area of Lake Superior's shoreline includes the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the site of many shipwrecks.

Preserved by the cold fresh water of Lake Superior, these shipwrecks provide some of the finest sport diving in the Midwest. Each year, wrecks appear and disappear as the currents of Lake Superior cover and uncover them. The total number of shipwrecks in the Alger Preserve is unknown. There are 7 major dive sites.

 

Scuba Dive from the Fireball or the Fun Time, our 25' six passenger dive boat. Both are Coast Guard inspected and licensed, carrying full navigation and safety equipment. Easy off and on at dive site with full width stern ladders. Enter and exit in full gear. The Fireball is used for dive charters accommodating up to 24 divers per trip with room for family and friends to join the divers for a great day on the water. Limited Scuba rental equipment is available at the dive shop and air station.

A diver on the Bermuda.

 

Primary Dive Sitesshipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve

The Bermuda, a 135 foot wooden schooner sank in the spring of 1870 in Murray Bay on Grand Island. Her top deck is just 12 feet below the water's surface where she has remained for 140 years. The Bermuda went down in 1870 and is an intact schooner sitting upright and waiting for visitors. The Bermuda had three hatches giving access to the cargo hold, as well as two companionways and the large cabin trunk near the stern.

The Smith Moore, a wooden steam barge in 90' of water. This is the most famous shipwreck in the area. The Smith Moore was lost in the Munising East Channel on July 13, 1889 as the result of damages suffered in a collision. The wreck lies nearly intact on the sand bottom.

The Kiowa, a steel bulk freight steamer 251 feet in length, hit by a gale in Nov. 1929. The Kiowa is in 20-40 foot depths. On a clear day the huge sections of hull are easily visible from the surface. The stern of the wreck, lies on its port side. Here the diver can see the steamer's steering quadrant and emergency steering gear. A short distance forward, an enclosed ladderway leads down toward the propeller shaft tunnel. At the forward end of the tunnel, the propeller shaft and its massive thrust bearing can be seen.

scuba diving the alger underwater preserve

The Herman H. Hettler was seeking shelter in Munising Harbor, in November of 1926, when she slammed into a reef. She is now at 20'- 40' of water. On the inner edge of the reef where the Hettler struck, her boiler can be found in about 25 feet of water, along with part of her hull and a field of debris such as mechanical parts, tanks, piping, and even a bathtub.

A mysterious tree stump was found in the wreckage of the Herman H. Hettler. Suspecting that the tree was extremely old, Captain Pete Lindquist sent samples of the wood for carbon dating. The laboratory results showed an age of 7,910 years plus or minus l00 years, but provided no clue as to why a nearly 8,000 year old tree would be found amid the remains of a 1926 shipwreck.

The Manhatten, a wooden freighter in 30'- 40', hit a reef in October of 1903. Divers can visit a large portion of the steamer's hull framing. The vessel's enormous rudder, with its depth markings still visible, lies nearby.

The Steven M. Selvick, a 70' tug intentionally sunk in 1996 in 40'-60' of water. The pilot house starts in 40 ft. of water, making this a great dive for beginners to experts. Divers have access to all areas of the tug. The pilothouse, galley, mess room, engine room, and crew quarters can all be penetrated.

Scuba Dive Sites

Shipwreck Tours Offers

55' Fiberglass boat, the Fireball, with a capacity of 24 divers
25' Lund, the Fun Time, with a capacity of 6 divers
Coast Guard Inspected and Licensed
Experienced and Licensed Dive & Charter Captains
Full Navigation & Safety Equipment
Air Service at the Dock
Limited rental Scuba equipment available.
Morning and afternoon dives. Individual and group rates.
Walk-Ins Welcome
Dive and Gift Shop at the Dock

 

For more information on diving these shipwrecks, visit the

Scuba Diving section on Shipwreck Tours main web site
Descriptions of the wrecks, pictures, and reports on the individual wrecks.

E-mail Shipwreck Tours for more information.
Several members of Shipwreck Tours
are members of the Alger Underwater Preserve Committee.

The Sinking of the Steven M. Selvik in the Alger Underwater Preserve

 

Shipwreck Tours
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Lake Superior Shipwreck Diving
1204 Commercial Street - Munising, Michigan 49862
For more information call (906) 387-4477

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Information on the shipwrecks is from the book Dangerous Coast: Pictured Rocks Shipwrecks by Fred Stonehouse and Daniel Fountain, Avery Color Studios, Marquette Michigan, 1997. This book, and other shipwreck books by Fred Stonehouse, are for sale at the Shipwreck Tours Bookstore and Ticket Office.

Photo of the Steven Selvick by Mike Kennedy

Other underwater photos from the Fred Stonehouse Collection

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