Several Muddies made their way up to the northern point of lower Michigan to get in a few wreck dives. On this day the dives were on the “Cedarville” and the “Barnum”.
The Cedarville (third largest ship lost on the Great Lakes) is the Straits’ most recent shipwreck as it sank in May 1965 in Lake Huron, just beyond the Mackinac Bridge. It is a 588-foot self-unloading freighter, which sank when it was struck by the Norwegian freighter Topdalsfjord. Ten of the 34 men on board were lost. The Cedarville was carrying a load of limestone bound for Gary, Indiana. It lies on its starboard side in ~110 feet of water, although its hull is within ~40 feet of the water’s surface. There are buoys at each end and in the middle where the ship is broken in two. The current was strong at the surface but diminished as you went deeper.
William H. Barnum foundered about five miles east of Mackinac Point in Lake Huron on April 3, 1894. She is a 218-foot steamer It lies in about ~70 feet of water. She lies upright and the main hull is mostly intact, except for the stern that has collapsed around a very large propeller. Most of the decks have fall in, but the bow is intact and the chain locker area is open enough to offer penetration opportunities. Her engine lies in ~50 ft depth.