|John J. Audubon
LOCATION: Lake Huron. ~6 mi [10 km] off Presque Isle Harbor, MI, USA
DIVE CHARTER: Great
Lakes Dive Charters.
LIES: Upright on hard bottom.
CONDITION: Bow broken. Masts Down. Otherwise intact.
DEPTH: 140-160' [43-49m]
TYPE: Brig, 370 Tons
BUILT: at Cleveland 1854
LOST: Bound from Buffalo for
Chicago Carrying Railroad
Iron. Reportedly "Struck in darkness by
Schooner Defiance on October
20, 1854". Both vessels
CARGO: Train Rails
NOTES: The tiller fits a ship
built on the lakes in this era, and the cargo is definitely train rails. They
litter the deck, bottom, and cargo hold. The stern is completely
intact. She is split open at the bow --
interesting considering she was reportedly "rammed" (although
contact with the bottom could explain this). ·
Another strange compliment to this
tiller steered vessel is the ships wheel located up against the starboard
rail -- your guess is as good as mine. ·
Thanks to the virtues of our diving predecessors,
another fine, unpilfered dive site.