1 Day Shipwreck Dives
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Payment: For 1-Day charters, the full amount is due at booking.
All trips are non-refundable unless the space can be refilled. If space is refilled, 50% of the trip total cost is refundable.
Weather Policy: Those ships are on the bottom for a reason and mostly because of the weather. The Great Lakes can be rough and your safety is our utmost concern. Sometimes it is necessary to cancel charters without much notice due to water conditions. These cancellations are usually refunded or a credit is given for a future trip, depending on the charter boat we use. The boat captains try to be very fair about refunds and/or rebookings.
Thermal Protection: Most people use 7mm wetsuits and hoods, boots, gloves. A drysuit is wonderful but not necessary to explore our Great Lake shipwrecks. The exception is for technical dives when drysuits are a must. Dry suit classes and rentals are available thru SASS. Water temperatures range from the low 40’s to the high 60’s.
June 30: Ironsides Shipwreck, Grand Haven
Experienced Divers: Everyone loves the Ironsides wreck. This wooden, twin propelled steamer sank in 1873. During heavy seas, the ship foundered, taking with her 21 of the 50 passengers on board. Today, the Ironsides sits upright and is mostly intact. Two dives will be done on this wreck. Choose between the morning run at 9am-1pm or the afternoon run of 2pm—6pm. Cost: $125
July 27th: State of Michigan Shipwreck, Whitehall Intermediate Divers: In 1901, the steamer, State of Michigan sank. Today, she rests upright in 75ft of water and except for the stern is mostly intact. The focus of our second dive will either be on the Salvor, a pseudo-whaleback steamer or the Brightie wreck. Both of these wrecks are broken up. Cost: $125 Dive time 10am– 2pm.
July 28th: Wrecks of Pentwater Novice/Intermediate Divers: Our first dive will be on the Comanche, a 75 – 100′ tugboat in 75′ of water. She sits upright and intact. The second dive is the Anna C. Minch, a 380′ steel bulk freighter steamer, built in Cleveland in 1903. She went down in the Armistice Day storm on November 11, 1940. The freighter is now in two pieces, with a fair amount of distance between the bow and the stern. It is a huge site with steel wreckage. Dive time: 11am Cost: $125
August 10: Thomas Hume, New Buffalo
Very Experienced/Light Tech Divers: When you envision a shipwreck, it probably looks a like the Hume. In 1891, this 131ft long schooner sank far off shore in Lake Michigan. For the next 112 years, she was listed as 'missing without a trace' along with her crew of 7. In 2003, the wreck was discovered, sitting upright and in beautiful condition. The port bow anchor is resting in place; the chains spill off the starboard bow and the mast lies across the deck. There are, however, two obstacles in diving the Hume. The first is the location. This wreck lies 24 miles off shore of New Buffalo so we need a full day charter and perfect weather conditions. Depth is the second issue. The deck sits at 135ft of water so recreational divers must be comfortable with the depth. Those wishing to dive to the anchors and hull will hit 150ft and must be technically trained. Cost: $199* (subject to change) Dive time 9am-5pm
New! August 24: Ann Arbor 5 and Bultma Barge Very Experienced/Light Tech Divers: This is the first time that SASS has opened these wrecks up to recreational divers. Depth wise, they are similar to the Thomas Hume so only very experienced/master divers and tech divers should book this trip. The Ann Arbor 5 starts at 120ft of water and goes to 160ft. She was built in 1910 and at the time, was one of largest car ferries around, measuring 360′ long, 56.3′ beam and an 18.9′ draft. She was also the first ferry to have a sea gate; a safety device designed to keep water from flooding in over the stern. In her day, she hauled up to 30 railroad cars but ended her career less dignified. She was being towed for scrap when she sank. For the second dive we will visit the Bultma Barge. This wreck sits in 125ft and has machinery on board. She was discovered by Ralph Wilbanks and his search team from Clive Cussler’s National Underwater and Marine Agency while they were searching for the Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 which was lost in 1950. Dive time 9am. Cost $149. Add $25 for technical divers w/doubles.