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Great Lakes -What a wonderful resource we have! 
Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 11:18 AM
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I had a chance to go on a dive charter on Lake Huron yesterday, and it was a beautiful day. The waves were about 1 foot, the sun was shining, and the visibility was good, about 40 feet. We dove on the Dunderberg, one of my favorite wrecks to explore. The Dunderberg, a three-masted schooner, was barely a year old when she sank in 1868, after being rammed by the steamer Empire State. Now she lies at a depth of about 150 feet in the cold waters of Lake Huron, just a few miles off shore near the tip of Michigans thumb. The wreck is remarkably well preserved, and the hull is intact except for the large gash in the starboard side near the stern where the Empire State hit her. The main attraction is the figurehead depicting an alligator or lizard, or maybe some imaginary animal. There is also ornate scrollwork carved in the boards leading to the anchors from the figurehead. As is typical in wooden shipwrecks, there are no cabins or structures left above the deck. Those get blown off as the ship sinks. The mast and rigging are still there, lying on the deck and off the port side. All of it is clearly visible despite the invasion of zebra mussels that are covering all if the Great Lakes shipwrecks.
Anyway, I enjoyed the dive despite the 42oF water temperature, and I enjoyed the time on the Lake. It was one of those days that make me appreciate what an incredible resource the Great Lakes is.

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