Shipwrecks, like the wrecks of the Muskegon and the J.D. Marshall, which happened 100 years ago, are memorials to Indiana's maritime history.
This project updated previous research about nautical resources, conducted archaeological survey for previously known and unidentified submerged cultural resources, and reviewed best practices to develop a management plan focused on conservation of these resources while allowing for public use.
The end goal of this project has been to develop understanding, appreciation, and wise uses of our cultural resources - allowing current and future uses while developing ways to minimize or eliminate impacts.
Follow the dive team as they survey the shipwrecks.
Over 50 vessels have been mentioned in literature as having foundered in Indiana's territorial waters of Lake Michigan...
Rolling in the Deep
Shipwreck facts: There are two vessels close to each other that were surveyed in the 1980's but their identity has not been determined. These two vessels were incorporated as one archaeological site.
When Listing on the NRHP Is Not Enough
Shipwreck facts: The Material Service is a barge vessel type and a self-unloader property type. It was constructed in 1929.
Oh, How the Sand Sparkles
We accomplished our first snorkel survey and it went very well! We were able to map and better document two wrecks close to shore.