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.