Shipwreck Explorers LLC

Shipwreck Explorers LLC

Comments

A local scuba diving charter boat company -- Shipwreck Explorers LLC -- takes advantage of this time of the year to look for shipwrecks on the bottom of the Great Lakes.
We're looking for one more interested diver for our Isle Royale trip Aug 26-30. One of our divers isn't able to attend so we have a spot open and it only costs $750 for the five days of diving. Price includes the stay on the boat and food. We'll be doing deep dives (180'-220') so we're looking for someone who has normoxic or full trimix certification. It's a six-pack boat but we're only filling four dive spots so we'll have plenty of space. PM me if interested.
Very excited to share that the @ArcticInstituteofNorthAmerica has discovered the wreck of the #NovaZembla off the coast of #BaffinIsland with support of Deep Trekker 's DTG2 remotely operated vehicle

A scuba diving charter boat specializing in taking recreational and technical divers to Great Lakes shipwrecks. Shipwreck Explorers charter boat offers scuba diving trips and expeditions in the n the Great Lakes - Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior.

We run trips out of Milwaukee, WI and nearby destinations from April to June and then again from September to October. We spend the summer months up north in Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Popular dive destinations:
- Lake Michigan-Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Kenosha, Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Sturgeon Bay
- Lake Huron-Michigan: Straits of Mackinac, Presque Isle, Alpena, Port Austin, Cheboyg

Operating as usual

Maps of Great Lakes shipwrecks detail one of North America's biggest graveyards 04/08/2022

Maps of Great Lakes shipwrecks detail one of North America's biggest graveyards

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/great-lakes-shipwrecks/

Maps of Great Lakes shipwrecks detail one of North America's biggest graveyards There have been some 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks, which have claimed an estimated 30,000 lives. These maps show some of them.

From 'Lake of the Stinking Water' to Gitche Gumee, here's how the Great Lakes got their names 04/06/2022

From 'Lake of the Stinking Water' to Gitche Gumee, here's how the Great Lakes got their names

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/how-the-great-lakes-got-their-names

From 'Lake of the Stinking Water' to Gitche Gumee, here's how the Great Lakes got their names Before it was called Lake Michigan, some referred to it as Land of the Stinking Lake, likely because of the algae that collected along its coastline.

03/07/2022

On this day March 7, 1912, the RACINE was stuck in ice off Racine, Wis. The Northern Michigan Transportation Company passenger steamer and the IOWA of the Goodrich line had been stuck since trying to enter the Racine Harbor the night of the 3rd. The steamers were within half a mile of each other and about a mile and half from shore. Both were coming from Chicago on their regular Milwaukee run when the wind changed and the ice floes started to pile up. They battled the ice until running into 15 feet of blue ice and there they stayed.

There was no fear for their safety and they had plenty of food to wait it out. They did not have smoking or chewing to***co. The RACINE’s lookout Daniel Hoey volunteered to walk over the ice to the city and pick it up. He did so with the help of a broomstick which did not save him from falling into the water. He did make it to shore, soaked, but dried off in William Hay’s cigar store on Sixth Street and then returned to his ship over the ice.

The tug LANGLOIS was engaged on the 5th to go to the assistance of the RACINE. The tug worked a channel in the ice to the within 150 feet of the steamer’s stern, when one of the chains on her rudder broke. She could not back up and the ice pushed her up on the windrow.

It was estimated that 500 men, boys and some girls, walked across the ice to the steamer RACINE and the tug, which then was lying on its side thanks to ice crowding under its bottom.

Attempts were made on the 6th to release the RACINE and LANGLOIS by using dynamite to blow up the ice and windrows. That was unsuccessful.

Warmer weather and the use of 1,500 pounds of dynamite on the morning of the 8th was successful. The dynamite blast tore a hole through a 25 foot wall of ice and a path to open water. The RACINE and IOWA steamed into Racine to unload their freight and fill their bunkers with coal. The tug LANGLOIS was able to free itself the evening before.

With the mild weather we have recently had, temperatures in the 60s, we forget that sometimes Lake Michigan was still frozen in March. There was a loss to the owners’ pockets with their vessels being stuck for five days, but no loss of life.

The RACINE was built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1901 at the Craig Ship Building Co. for A. Booth & Co. of Duluth as the ARGO. She was renamed RACINE in 1910 when bought by the Northern Michigan Transportation Co. She measured 173.5 feet in length and 31.6 feet in beam. She sailed off the lakes in 1917, sold to the French government who renamed her RENE.

The IOWA was built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1896 on the hull of the burned wooden steamer MENOMINEE which had been built in 1872 and was owned by Goodrich. She was owned by Goodrich until her loss by being crushed by ice off Chicago on February 4, 1915.

Suzette Lopez

PHOTOS:
RACINE stuck in ice off Racine, March 7, 1912. POSTED HERE.
IOWA stuck in ice off Racine, March 7, 1912.
RACINE with tug LANGLOIS both stuck in ice off Racine, March 12, 1912.
IOWA stuck in ice off Racine, March 9, 1912.
PHOTO CREDIT: Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.

ALL photos are emailed to Wisconsin Marine Historical Society members with the story. Help keep history alive. Join the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society. As a member you will receive these stories and much more. For information email us at [email protected] or call 414-286-3074 or visit our webpage at https://wmhs.org/

03/04/2022

3D image of the Newell Eddy in northern Lake Huron by Ken Merryman

We've added another shipwreck photographed in the 2021 season to www.3dshipwrecks.org . The giant 242 ft schooner barge Newell Eddy was built in 1890 by master carpenter James Davidson, who pushed the size limits of schooner barge design far beyond the limits of previously built schooners. After only three years of service in 1893 while being towed by steamer Charles A. Eddy, the Newell Eddy broke loose in a storm off Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron shortly after passing through the Straits. It was lost with all hands and remained lost until 1992 when it was discovered by the research vessel Laurentian. It lies in 168 ft of water nearly intact with masts still standing although not shown in the model. The model was created from 2,092 30 megapixel RAW images shot in 40 ft of visibility on one long dive by Andrew Goodman. Although there are some obvious image alignment issues on the stern and the masts were deemed not worth the extra effort to capture, the model is a fairly complete representation of this amazing example of turn of the century schooner barge design. The link to the new model is: https://3dshipwrecks.org/shipwreck-newell-eddy/

130-year-old shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior 03/04/2022

130-year-old shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior

Another fantastic find by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS): https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2022/03/03/130-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-lake-superior/?fbclid=IwAR2MpchBFxxsIjNMODdg3UwGmhIuhAg3oySknfKTbM2FtzZ6OiJRQTjg6qY

130-year-old shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior A shipwreck dating back to the 1890s was discovered 650-feet below the surface of Lake Superior.

02/10/2022

On this day, February 10th, 1899 the wooden steam John V. Moran was sinking. Lost until the MSRA organization discovered it again several years ago in over 350ft of water off of Muskegon, MI ... http://www.michiganshipwrecks.org/shipwrecks-2/shipwreck-categories/shipwrecks-found

On this day February 10, 1899, the wooden steamer JOHN V. MORAN was abandoned by her crew in a sinking condition off Grand Haven, Michigan. The MORAN left Milwaukee about 1 pm on February 9th for Grand Haven, Mich., which normally would take about seven hours. When she didn’t arrive on time, it was thought she was caught in the ice. Lake captains had reported ice across the entire Lake Michigan from fifteen to twenty feet thick in the windrows.

The next morning the MORAN was seen around 10 o’clock floating packed in ice about 15 miles off Grand Haven by the steamers NYACK and BOYCE. She had a hole stove in her side by the ice. Her after cabin was submerged to the windows and she was abandoned. They knew that the crew was taken off because there was a rift in the ice in front of her, showing where some boat had worked in alongside.

Some of the crew had walked over the ice to shore, while the remainder were taken on board the NAOMI. The NAOMI made an attempt to tow the MORAN into port but found it impossible.

The Crosby Transportation Company had purchased the MORAN a few months earlier from the Union Transit Company for around $50,000 and had her hull plated with iron before she was put in service. Her cargo on this trip was about fifty cars or 1,250 tons of general merchandise and package freight and 9,550 barrels of flour consigned to Amsterdam, Holland. A value of about $30,000.

It was thought because of her cargo of flour and the fact that she was still floating, that she could be saved. Once the ice opened a little the NYACK and BOYCE went to search for the MORAN. After a week of searching, nothing was found. She had gone to the bottom.

The JOHN V. MORAN was built in 1888 at West Bay City, Mich., by F. W. Wheeler for Wards Detroit and Lake Superior Line. She measured 214 feet in length, 37 feet in beam and 22 feet depth. During the winter of 1898 to 1899, she carried package freight between Milwaukee, Muskegon and Grand Haven for the Crosby Transportation Co.

It was a rough winter for more than just the Crosby Transportation Company. Milwaukee’s local marine enthusiast Herman Runge had noted it was an exceptionally cold winter with the thermometer around Milwaukee showing some times about 23 below zero and the water pipes in Milwaukee froze in the ground.

Suzette Lopez

PHOTOS:
JOHN V. MORAN
JOHN V. MORAN with NORTH LAND behind and NORTH WEST on right at Superior shipyard, 1890s
JOHN V. MORAN with NORTH LAND behind, Superior shipyard, 1890s – POSTED HERE

PHOTO CREDIT: Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.

ALL photos are emailed to Wisconsin Marine Historical Society members with the story. Help keep history alive. Join the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society. As a member you will receive these stories and much more. For information email us at [email protected] or call 414-286-3074 or visit our webpage at https://wmhs.org/

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers 02/03/2022

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers

February 26, 2022: the in-person Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival by Detroit, MI is happening on Sat., Feb. 26th. I will be presenting about Capt. Walter R. Neal and the shipwrecks Myron, Miztec, and Zillah. https://www.greatlakesshipwreckfestival.org/

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers Posted on January 10, 2022January 10, 2022 This years Festival is being held at The Embassy Suites in Livonia, Mi. We have secured discounted rates for attendees. To get this special rate book your room here.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers 01/21/2022

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers

Mark your calendar Feb. 26th this year! I will be presenting at the 40th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival by Detroit, MI about "The Myron, Miztec and Zillah- In the Footsteps of Mariner Walter R. Neal"! Time for socializing and catching up on dive adventures once again... https://www.greatlakesshipwreckfestival.org/

Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival – Presented by The Ford Seahorses and Sea Lancers Posted on January 10, 2022January 10, 2022 This years Festival is being held at The Embassy Suites in Livonia, Mi. We have secured discounted rates for attendees. To get this special rate book your room here.

12/24/2021

Shipwreck Explorers wishes everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May all you scuba gear and trip wishes come true!

WITH VIDEO: Newly discovered shipwreck in marine sanctuary offers glimpse into the past 12/16/2021

WITH VIDEO: Newly discovered shipwreck in marine sanctuary offers glimpse into the past

Dove this steamer Challenge in upper Lake Huron with Becky Kagan Schott this last July. One of the new finds in upper Michigan by Mark Gammage and his friends... they share our passion for researching, discovering, exploring and documenting the underwater heritage.
https://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2021/12/newly-discovered-shipwreck-in-marine-sanctuary-offers-glimpse-into-the-past/?fbclid=IwAR15J0Gp_9_o2OqOyYqz4cM8vr60Dqs-eYeyk8nRFHSKXyO5UF367p8mEEs

WITH VIDEO: Newly discovered shipwreck in marine sanctuary offers glimpse into the past ALPENA — More than 150 years ago, a ship’s boiler exploded in the northwest corner of Lake Huron, instantly killing five people aboard a newly built propeller steamer on her maiden voyage. The 29 surviving crew members and passengers piled into lifeboats as the wreckage of their ship settled to ...

Missing: Ludington's S.S. Badger Ferry. Where Could it Be? 12/14/2021

Missing: Ludington's S.S. Badger Ferry. Where Could it Be?

https://mix957gr.com/missing-ludingtons-s-s-badger-ferry-where-could-it-be/

Missing: Ludington's S.S. Badger Ferry. Where Could it Be? Usually in the winter, you will find the S.S. Badger docked in its usual location in Ludington, MI. Recently the Lake Michigan ferry has been missing. Where is it?

Santa dives into the holidays at the Great Lakes Aquarium 12/12/2021

Santa dives into the holidays at the Great Lakes Aquarium

Scuba Santa in Duluth!
https://www.cbs3duluth.com/2021/12/12/santa-dives-into-holidays-great-lakes-aquarium/

Santa dives into the holidays at the Great Lakes Aquarium For a few days this month, the man in red swaps the sack of toys on his back with an oxygen tank to bring joy to local children.

The Sinking of Lake Michigan's Christmas Tree Ship 12/11/2021

The Sinking of Lake Michigan's Christmas Tree Ship

Nice short video about the Christmas Tree Shipwreck. https://youtu.be/VsaVOEyAta8

The Sinking of Lake Michigan's Christmas Tree Ship On November 23, 1912 the Rouse Simmons, a schooner carrying Christmas trees from Michigan's Upper Peninsula sank en route to Chicago. For decades the cause a...

11/25/2021

Shipwreck Explorers wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all the divers that joined us aboard Molly V boat this year... may next year be just as eventful and adventurous.

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: See photos of the Great Lakes’ most famous ship 11/10/2021

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: See photos of the Great Lakes’ most famous ship

Interesting photos in this article.
https://www.mlive.com/news/2021/11/wreck-of-the-edmund-fitzgerald-see-photos-of-the-great-lakes-most-famous-ship.html

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: See photos of the Great Lakes’ most famous ship The photos of the Fitzgerald's wreckage, sitting in two pieces at the bottom of Lake Superior, are haunting to look at.

Three 1800's-era shipwrecks discovered in Lake Superior near Grand Marais 11/03/2021

Three 1800's-era shipwrecks discovered in Lake Superior near Grand Marais

https://www.fox17online.com/morning-mix/three-1800s-era-shipwrecks-discovered-in-lake-superior-near-grand-marais

Three 1800's-era shipwrecks discovered in Lake Superior near Grand Marais Three shipwrecks have been discovered in Lake Superior in 2021. The Great Lake Shipwreck Museum shares their findings and the stories behind the wrecks.

10/29/2021

On this day October 29, 1929, the Goodrich Transit Company steamer WISCONSIN foundered off Kenosha, Wis., during a fierce storm with gale force winds. She was enroute from Chicago to Milwaukee reportedly with 56 passengers and a crew of 35.

The WISCONSIN began taking on water and lost all power. Distress signals were answered by a coast guard boat from Kenosha and the fish tug SEARCH. Due to the high waves they could not come alongside so lifeboats and rafts were launched and survivors were pulled from the icy water. Reports of those lost varied but it seems one passenger and 16 crew members perished.

Built in 1881 as the WISCONSIN by the Detroit Dry Dock Company at their Wyandotte, Mich. shipyard, she measured 209 feet in length and 40 feet in beam. She was built for the Goodrich Transportation Company but other owners included the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railway, the Crosby Transportation Company, the United States Army, the Chicago, Racine & Milwaukee Line and in 1924 the Goodrich Transit Co.

The WISCONSIN sailed under several names being renamed NAOMI in 1899, E. G CROSY in 1909, ROBERT M. O’REILLY in 1918 and used as a hospital ship, PILGRIM in 1920 and returned to WISCONSIN in 1924.

The following is Cal Kothrade’s account of his dives on the WISCONSIN and how he captures such beautiful underwater photographs.

The wreck of the steel steamer WISCONSIN lies off the shores of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is one of the best technical/recreational dives sites in the area. She sits in 130 feet of water, upright, and intact. She went down one week after the steel car ferry MILWAUKEE foundered in a vicious storm taking all 50 of her crew to the deep.

Just like the MILWAUKEE, this large vessel found herself on the bottom of the lake without any of the wooden superstructure that had comprised the cabins, staterooms, and lounge areas above the weather deck. Pent up air pressure from the sinking blew these parts of the ship clear off the hull when she slipped below the waves. To my knowledge, these components have not been located, nor am I convinced they are in large findable pieces like the pilothouse of the MILWAUKEE, which settled on the bottom in virtually one piece.

What does remain is the steel hull which is coming apart. Interior pe*******on is still possible for properly trained divers, but entanglement hazards abound. As with many shipwrecks, the bow and stern are the highlights. The WISCONSIN’s still intact bow stands near 30 feet off the bottom. Her starboard anchor is on the lake bed out in the flats, and the chain can be traced back to the bow.

Of special interest is one of her lifeboats, which rests a short swim off the port rail not quite as far aft as midship. The boat lies half buried in the silt and sand of the lake bottom, on her side, with a seat still recognizable.

It should be noted that a very young Henry Ford was employed by the shipyard that built the WISCONSIN during the time she was built. It is not so much a stretch to imagine the future auto magnate's very own hands having left their mark on one or more areas of this steamer.

Having lived merely an hour away from this site, I oddly only dived it a few times, and only twice with my camera. The images in this post are from 2011. The other time I dove it with my camera was 2014, having shot only video on that dive. For those interested in seeing it as a diver sees it, the video is available here: https://vimeo.com/97875539

The few times I visited the WISCONSIN visibility ranged from 30 to 50 feet. The photo of the anchor chain and bow, with two divers hovering around it, is actually the product of three separate images stitched together by hand in Photoshop. The reason for this is the water was not clear enough to be a sufficient distance from the subject matter to get it all in the frame with one click of the shutter. In the interest of retaining clarity and detail of the hull, I had to get closer and take several images of less than the whole bow at once.

With regard to underwater photography, when shooting large subjects like shipwrecks, very wide angle lenses are a must. Many UW photogs opt to use a type of lens called a fisheye. It allows you to get really close to the shipwreck and still get a vast amount of the subject in the frame. Unfortunately, there is a tradeoff for this magic of optics, and that is, things photographed with a fisheye look very warped spherically and any object with straight lines in real life shows up wildly curved in the finished image. This makes the photo of a ship appear greatly distorted. In my professional opinion, it detracts too much from the overall feeling one gets from viewing the photo. For this reason I have always stayed away from fisheye lenses and have often been forced to create multi-image mosaics in the pursuit of the large, grandiose shots in less than awesome visibility.

These images were taken with a Canon T1-I Rebel DSLR mated to a Canon 10-22mm super-wide rectilinear lens, in an Ikelite housing using natural light. Post production was performed in Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop.

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Cal Kothrade is the Shipwreck Ambassador of the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, a diver, a photographer and an artist. His work can be viewed at www.calsworld.net and a wall of his photos are on display at Milwaukee’s Riverfront Pizzeria.

Suzette Lopez

PHOTOS:

WISCONSIN
WISCONSIN dated after 1924
Underwater Bow POSTED HERE
Underwater Bow Deck
Underwater Midship
Underwater Lifeboat
Underwater Mosaic of Bow

PHOTO CREDIT: Above water – The Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and Wisconsin Marine Historical Society. Below water - Cal Kothrade

ALL photos are emailed to Wisconsin Marine Historical Society members with the story. Help keep history alive. Join the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society. For information email us at [email protected] or call 414-286-3074 or visit our webpage at https://wmhs.org/

Category

Telephone

Address


1750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI
53202

Other Boat Services in Milwaukee (show all)
Crabby Charters Crabby Charters
1750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, 53202

Half and full day trout and salmon fishing trips for friends, families, and large groups !

Freedom Boat Club Milwaukee Freedom Boat Club Milwaukee
1750 N Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, 53202

Welcome to Freedom Boat Club Milwaukee! We are opening our first club this summer! Check out out upcoming fleet at freedomboatclub.com

CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC
700 S. Water St
Milwaukee, 53204

With four locations, proudly serving Lake Michigan and the surrounding inland lakes! . Milwaukee | 414.273.0711 . Sturgeon Bay | 920.746.1912 . Pewaukee | 262.333.0700 . Kenosha | 612.419.3772

Engine & Transmission Exchange Engine & Transmission Exchange
2727 S 27th St.
Milwaukee, 53215

Complete Car Care: Engine/Transmission Service & Repair Since 1985

AJ Dive Charters AJ Dive Charters
Milwaukee, 53204

AJ DIVE CHARTERS OFFERS LAKE MICHIGAN SCUBA DIVING CHARTER SERVICES IN THE MILWAUKEE AREA, PORT WASHINGTON, RACINE AND KENOSHA AREA SHIPWRECKS.

Carefree Boat Club of Wisconsin Carefree Boat Club of Wisconsin
601 E Erie St
Milwaukee, 53202

Carefree Boat Club of Wisconsin provides our members with unlimited access to our entire fleet of watercraft at not only our Milwaukee and Lake Geneva locations, but also our 100+ locations around the US, and Internationally.

Milwaukee Cruisers LLC Milwaukee Cruisers LLC
1750 N Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, 53202

Yacht and boat charter and rental in Milwaukee, WI

Kanaloa Tiki Lounge Kanaloa Tiki Lounge
1230 N Old World 3rd Street
Milwaukee, 53203

The wait is over, 2021 was a blast and 2022 will be even better! Taking reservations now! Enjoy the best party boat in town right here on the Milwaukee river!!!!

Northstar Covers Northstar Covers
Milwaukee, 53202

Northstar covers is your one stop shop for custom and semi-custom boat covers.

Freshwater Finishing LLC Freshwater Finishing LLC
Milwaukee

Fine Finishing, Custom Staining, Painting. Marine & Residential.