Clear waters are making shipwrecks visible from a bird’s eye view.
The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station noticed these lost ships during a routine patrol. Although the past winter was the hottest on record, it was still cold enough for sheets of ice from the East Coast to creep across the Great Lakes. With the ice clearing this spring, and before the summer sediment and algae kick in, the waters are crystal clear showing all of its hidden treasures.
Viewing shipwrecks from the air is actually a common occurrence. Finding so many in one flight, however, makes these finds a bit more special. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality states there are an estimated 6,000 vessels that have been lost on the Great Lakes with 1,500 of those located in Michigan waters.
The images the Coast Guard captured are from the Sleeping Bear point area, known as the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve. This area is one of the best areas for shipwreck diving in Michigan. Not much information is available about most of the wrecks. Three of the five wrecks found by the Coast Guard remain unidentified.