Lake Michigan shipwreck zone to become national sanctuary

Divers survey the wreck of the schooner Northerner, which sank off Port Washington, Wis. in 1868. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is considering 875-square-mile of Lake Michigan off the Wisconsin coast for designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society, Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program.

Divers survey the wreck of the schooner Northerner, which sank off Port Washington, Wis. in 1868. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is considering 875-square-mile of Lake Michigan off the Wisconsin coast for designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society, Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program.

An 80-mile long stretch of Lake Michigan is on its way to  becoming the second Great Lakes National Marine Sanctuary. A story on MLive today reports the site contains 30 known shipwrecks including the “Rouse Simmons, a three-masted schooner known as the “Christmas Tree Ship,” which sunk with all hands off Two Rivers in November 1912.”

The proposed national sanctuary lies from 9 miles to 14 miles off the Wisconsin shoreline. The only  other one in the Great Lakes is Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron off Alpena.  Read more: Great Lakes Shipwreck Sanctuaries.

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One Response to Lake Michigan shipwreck zone to become national sanctuary

  1. mfs686 says:

    Just listened to a podcast on the “Christmas Tree Ship” not to long ago.

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