For ships in trouble on the long southern coast of Lake Superior, harbors of refuge are few. Munising is one of them. The waters off Munising are sheltered by Grand Island and have been the final destination of many ships seeking safe harbor from the fury of the big lake.
The area stretching from just west of Munising to Au Sable Point and including the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the home of the Alger Underwater Preserve. Several major shipwrecks lying within recreational diving limits are found inside its boundaries.
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As one of the shipwrecks in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Kiowa is located off Twelvemile Beach in about 40 feet of water. About 80% of the steel ship's hull and most of the machinery may still be seen at the site, though all of the superstructure is gone. The Kiowa was one of 498