May 2015

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Andrews University
Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall
Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

May Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  • Introduce visitors
  • Present Specific Club Information
  • General Dive related news
  • Identify Club Dive events planned or in-planning
  • Present any Show & Tell
  • Attendees present current diving news, experiences or lessons learned (if any)
  • Open session

Last Meeting Highlights:

There were 17 members and 2 visitors in attendance at the April meeting where the following was discussed:

  • St. Joseph Piers were dove by Bob S.
  • Kevin A. discussed his research on the wreck of the “Porcupine” – South Haven
  • Mary Beth provided information on Tabata training which was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.
  • Show & Tell: Bob S. brought in his new drysuit heating elements consisting of vest, pants, socks and gloves (Motorcycle rider clothing) powered by a 20hr lithium-ion battery.
  • Jim S. asked who would be interested in a trip to NC to dive shipwrecks including a Submarine in the sand at 110 feet.
    SW Michigan Underwater Preserve Update: The SWMUP now has a volunteer archaeologist on board and the preserve is in need of a funds to acquire a permit costing $500 to work Mack’s wreck. Work is still in progress to obtain a buoy from the state for the Havana.
  • Two Presentations from the series of “What Lies Beneath” were presented to the Muskegon Power Boat Squadron in early April and “Treasures That Lie Beneath” was presented on April 21st to the Southwest Michigan Seek and Search Club in Plainwell, MI.


As always, Club Hats, Decals and T-shirts can be purchased at the club meeting. Be sure to drop Mack a line at or call to identify item(s), size(s) and quantity wanted.

2015 Dive Schedule

  • May 16/17: Waterproof Demo Days – White Star Quarry
  • May 17: 9:00am – Haigh Quarry – Michiana Diver
  • May 20: Prairieville Park Gull Lake (SASS) Wednesday Night Dives
  • May 20: Skip Work and Dive Days – 10am to 6pm – White Star Quarry
  • May 25: Memorial Day – Scuba Concession Open! – White Star Quarry
  • May 27: Goguac Lake Dive Lotto (SASS) Wednesday Night Dives
  • June 03: Sherman Lake Lake Clean Up (SASS) Wednesday Night Dives
  • June 07: 11:00am – Corey Lake Beach cleanup – Camp Eberhart – Michiana Divers
  • June 10: Gull Lake Ross Township Park (SASS) Wednesday Night Dives
  • Aug 22: MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive
  • Sep 8-11: Muddies Wreck Diving – Mackinaw & Cheboygan
  • Sep 12-13: Cheboygan Weekend – Duncan Bay & Cheboygan River Diving 

Volunteer to organize a dive in 2015

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop
250 W Main St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service
347 North Helmer Road, Battle Creek, MI 49037

Divers Inc.
3380 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

107 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Hart City Scuba
28170 State Road 120, Elkhart, IN 46514

Just Add H2O
17911 SR 23, South Bend, IN 46635 (Michiana Divers)

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving
331 East Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464


It’s MAY, so what’s your excuse for not getting wet?

If you are not yet ready to get wet remember that you do not have to dive to participate in a dive. Surface support is ALWAYS greatly appreciated!

Diving Extract:

For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County by Craig Rich

Porcupine (aka: Caroline)

The Caroline was originally built as an armed sloop named Porcupine for the U.S. Navy by Adam and Noah Brown at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. This 60 ton, two-masted, wood schooner was a veteran of Perry’s fleet in the War of 1812 and saw plenty of action on Lake Erie.

After the war, she was used by the government as a survey vessel, working the border waters between the United States and Canada. She also saw service as a revenue cutter. In 1830, the Porcupine was renamed Caroline.

The vessel eventually became the property of Barber & Mason, pioneer lumbermen on the Grand River, who used her in the lumber trade between Spring Lake, then called Mill Point, and Chicago, Illinois. Later, she was sold to Ferry & Sons and was used in their extensive lumber trade until she became unseaworthy.

She was sailed into Spring Lake in the late 1840s and allowed to sink near Johnston Boiler Works, at the head of Spring Lake, in 1855. There was no loss of life.

A portion of the vessel was raised for the war’s centennial in 1912 and sent on to either Detroit or Put-In-Bay. It is said that bullet holes could still be seen in her deck cabin, along with other damage from the Battle of Lake Erie.

A local historical society claimed parts of her hull, and they are rumored to have been donated to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. It is likely that parts of this historic vessel still lie at the bottom of Spring Lake.

Hope College Digital Commons @ Hope College
The Joint Archives Quarterly College Publications
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Volume 18.04: Winter 2009
Craig Rich Geoffrey D. Reynolds Hope College

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