Great Stories of Great Lakes Shipwrecks

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Shifting Sands & the Shallow Wrecks of Whitefish Point

Many people know of the fabulous deep wrecks of Whitefish Point, but did you know that there are many wrecks in less than 50 feet of water. Join Jim & Pat Stayer, as they visit several of these shipwrecks. See a couple of shipwrecks discovered in under 25 feet of water complete with anchors, capstan, rigging, and other artifacts still lying on the bottom where they have been for well over a 100 years. They Stayers will also explore the Alex Nimick in under 25 feet of water complete with engine, windlass, and steam whistle. See what time and shifting sand reveals as they revisit this wreck.

Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat Stayer are explorers and well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to promoting maritime history and remote dive destinations to audiences across North America. They have been diving for 44 years and share their love for shipwrecks and the underwater world through their 3 books and 30 DVDs. Recently they have been compiling an extensive video data base of animal behavior. The couple has been referred to as the one of the best animal behavior videographers, according to Ernie Brooks. Jim & Pat served as President and Secretary of the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council and were two of the founders of the Sanilac Shores Preserve. Together they ran a dive charter boat in the Great Lakes and discovered 8 shipwrecks, including the New York and Mary Alice B. The Stayers were underwater cameramen for the History Channel and their footage has appeared on several major networks worldwide. Pat is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and Jim is a USCG Licensed Captain. Now retired, they have circled the globe over a dozen times producing documentaries about exotic dive destinations.

David Trotter

David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes Shipwrecks......searching, diving, exploring and documenting new discoveries for 40+ years. The solving of "history's mysteries" has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy.

Dave's discoveries have been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS, NBC and inthe New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Lakeland Boating, "DIVER", "Wreck Diving" and "Immersed" magazines. His articles on Great Lakes Shipwrecks have been published in historical journals and national scuba diving publications.

He has searched and discovered shipwrecks in all of the Great Lakes (except Lake Ontario). In a unique odyssey, the years of dedicated effort to discover and explore has resulted in surveying over 2,000 square miles of Lake Huron. This has been a oneof-a-kind adventure with 80-90 new sites, including airplanes, the steamer Daniel J. Morrell, the Hydrus (Great Storm of 1913) and the steamer Goliath. The Goliath was designed by John Ericsson in 1846, fifteen years before he designed the ironclad Monitor of Civil War fame. David believes the Great Lakes are "Our Treasure" to be enjoyed by all who love our "Inland Seas" and our Marine history. It is the Shipwreck Hunter discovering and the Diver exploring a shipwreck (in 20' or 300' of water) that has given us that unique experience of travelling back in time.

Our World-Underwater honored David’s contribution to diving and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage with the special OWU Achievement Award. In 2016, the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH) honored David with prestigious “C. Patrick Labadie Award For Historic Preservation.

Great Lakes Adventures, David’s lecture series, has entertained thousands of people who enjoy discovery and exploration of long missing ships……..going where no one has gone before. Share the adventure by contacting David Trotter at for additional program information. Website:

Lost Legends of the Lakes by Robert Mcgreevy

lost legends of the Lakes is a unique study of our underwater heritage.

Award winning artist and historian Robert McGreevy uses his own artwork to illustrate and interpret some of the recent shipwrecks found in the Great Lakes.

This includes some of the earliest such as the pre Civil War steamer Detroit, to modern giants like the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Many of the featured wrecks have never been illustrated or written about before.

**Bill Atkins **

Bill has been diving since 1968, from Bay City, Michigan he was certified by NAUI, PADI and SSI. He has a lifelong interest in history and shipwrecks, which began during his childhood fascinated by the abandoned ships along the Saginaw river at what used to be the Wheeler and Davison shipyards.


The wreck of the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite is the premier dive destination in the Preserve. On December 4, 1989, the Mesquite was retrieving buoys when she ran aground off the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Because of the time of year, she could not be removed before winter. The harsh winter weather pounded the 47 year old vessel against the rocky shoal damaging her beyond repair. Because she was a total loss, the Coast Guard cooperated in the intentional sinking of the Mesquite as a dive site. Divers find the wreck in excellent condition with most of her equipment still on deck. Part of the pilot house was removed during the sinking and is now located near the hull. Very experienced divers can penetrate the interior. Water depths on the wreck vary from 82 to 112 feet.

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