Shipwrecks on Indiana's Lake Michigan Coast

Indiana Lake Michigan Shipwreck Survey Project

Muskegon Historic PhotoThe Muskegon (12LE0381) [aka Peerless] Historic picture, view of vessel?s port side when it was a passenger vessel, circa 1900. (Credit = Used with permission, Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library / Milwaukee Public Library)

Shipwrecks, like the wrecks of the Muskegon and the J.D. Marshall, which happened 100 years ago, are memorials to Indiana's maritime history.

JD Marshall Historic PhotoJ.D. Shipwreck Photo-The J. D. Marshall (12PR0723) Historic picture, view of vessel?s starboard side with cargo of lumber, circa 1908. (Credit = Used with permission, Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library / Milwaukee Public Library)

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.

Indiana Natural Resources Commission

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Over 50 vessels have been mentioned in literature as having foundered in Indiana's territorial waters of Lake Michigan...

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Lake Michigan WavesRolling 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.
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The Material Service (12LA0641) Historic picture, view of vessel's stern, traveling in the Chicago River, circa 1930-1935. (Credit = Used with permission, Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library / Milwaukee Public Library)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.
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Shipwreck Near ShoreOh, 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.
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This work and report are made possible with Section 309 financial assistance
to the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program under Award NA09NOS4190079 provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972,
as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.