With the ice finally melting from Lake Michigan this past weekend, a U.S Coast Guard crew was able to capture photographs of a number of sunken vessels, visible through the clear, but still very cold, water. The Coast Guard posted the images to their Facebook page where they gathered lots of attention. 

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James McBride

In mid-October of 1857, the 121-foot brig James McBride journeyed to the Manitou Islands, where she took on a cargo of wood. On her return trip to Chicago, on October 19, the McBride encountered a gale and was driven ashore near Sleeping Bear Dune. Her remains lie in 5 to 15 feet of water. 

In mid-October of 1857, the 121-foot brig James McBride travelled to the Manitou Islands to pick up a cargo of wood. On her return trip to Chicago, on October 19, the McBride driven ashore near Sleeping Bear Dune during a storm. Her remains lie in 5 to 15 feet of water. 

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Lake Michigan wreck

The 133-foot-long wooden steamer, Rising Sun was stranded just north of Pyramid Point, Michigan on October 29, 1917. The ship collapsed and her wreckage now rests in 6 to 12 feet of water.

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Lake Michigan wrecks

A number of other wrecks are yet to be positively identified. 

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Lake Michigan wrecks
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Lake Michigan wrecks

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