Straits of Mackinac

The historic Great Lakes steamship STRAITS OF MACKINAC arrived in Chicago Tuesday June 25th, from Kewaunee Wisconsin. Slated to be sunk at a location Northeast of Navy Pier as an artificial reef and recreational site for scuba divers. The purpose of sinking the 200 long coal-fired car ferry is to increase recreational tourism to Chicago and also by providing an attractive habitat for perch, bass and other native species. The ship will enhance Chicago's sport fishing industry and add a new, intact shipwreck that will make the Straits of Mackinac the first substantial wreck in Chicago waters since 1929. Through promotional, research and interpretive programs, the ship will serve as a scientific, cultural and recreational resource.

Other Names:none
Official Number:none
Vessel Built:unknown
Vessel Specifications:200ft
Type of Vessel:Steel Carferry
Depth to Deck:50 ft (15m)
Depth to Bottom:73 ft (22m)
How it Sunk:Intentionally sank as a dive site at a depth of 73 feet in an upright position. The wreck is intact and penetration by trained and experienced divers is possible.
Loss Type:Intentionally Sunk
Date of Loss:2003, April 10
Place of Loss:of off Chicago
Vessel Cargo:none
Lives Loss:none
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze
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