The U.S. Coast Guard crew captured some incredible photos of Lake Michigan, which reveal countless shipwrecks at the lake’s bottom.
Aerial views of Lake Michigan have revealed shipwrecks scattered across its lakebed. According to experts, some of the vessels date to the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The images are of the areas of the lake near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson, said, “The images, which have been widely circulated online, included six images of the wrecks. Among the ships spotted by a helicopter crew from Traverse City, Michigan, were the 121-foot-long James McBride, a cargo ship launched in 1848 that became known as the first brig to make a delivery directly from the Atlantic Ocean to a Lake Michigan port. The ship sank in 1857 after striking ground near Sleeping Bear Dune during high winds. Its remains just 5 feet below the water’s surface. These photos were taken near Sleeping Bear Point northeast along the shoreline to Leland, Michigan, up to Northport. Information on the shipwrecks is scarce, please post if you recognize any of the photographed sites.”
According to media reports, a Traverse City based helicopter spotted the shipwrecks during its routine patrol and immediately captured surprisingly stunning photos of the lake and its relics. Leading archeologists have now stated that the lake could also be considered a historical vault as many 19th and 20th century shipwrecks lie below the crystal waters.
According to the experts, quite a few of the shipwrecks also lie within the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve, a portion of Lake Michigan frequented by commercial vessels. The area is also known for its history of freighter wrecks.
The US Coast Guard stated that such shipwrecks are not always visible because of winds, waves and beach erosion. They also added that these shipwrecks cannot be legally disturbed because they’re considered public property. Dive operators, however, can allow visitors to explore some of the sites underwater.