The Keweenaw Underwater Preserve was established by the State of Michigan in 1991 in order protect the area's submerged historic resources and to help divers to responsibly enjoy the area's shipwrecks. Information about these vessels and their remains is presented here to increase interest in protecting and preserving these and other historic Keweenaw wrecksites. For years these wrecks were slowly deteriorating due to vandalism and neglect. Now however, these historic wrecksites attract many divers and historians to the area and help build the local economy.
Remember, it is illegal to remove anything from most Great Lakes shipwrecks and you can be prosecuted for doing so. Although not all wrecks on this site are actually in the Preserve, they are all still protected from illegal salvage by Michigan State law, and all are closely monitored. Many of these wreck locations were kept secret for years out of fear that they would be looted or damaged. Please respect the decision to publicise these historic wreck locations for your diving enjoyment by not stealing from them or damaging them.
Last updated 8/24/2001
The Keweenaw has hosted about 140 total losses since 1844. Of these about 40 have been located and positively identified. The vast majority may still have undiscovered remains which lie in the area. Continuing research is being carried out to locate historic vessel remains in and around the Keweenaw for archeological study and recreational diving and many unidentified hulls are being surveyed for identification purposes. The Undiscovered Wrecks Table includes every known total loss that we've found to date in our research.
|Altadoc||John Jacob Astor||Charles H. Bradley||City of Bangor||City of the Straits|
|Bon Voyage||Quincy Dredge #1||Quincy Dredge #2||Colorado||John L. Gross|
|International||Langham||Lizzie A. Law||Maplehurst||Mediator|
|Mesquite||Monticello*||William C. Moreland||Morgan||Northerner|
|Panama||Peninsula||James Pickands||Sailor Boy||Scotia|
|Sea Fox||City of St. Joseph||City of Superior||Transport||Traveller|
|Tioga||Uarda||Victory||Wasaga||Alfred P. Wright|
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