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 of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this 252 foot wooden hulled freighter sank on October 26, 1903, after striking Grand Island. After burning to the waterline in a freak accidental fire in the cabins, her hull is largely intact with scattered timbers and the huge rudder.
Mary Jarecki Shipwreck
As one of the shipwrecks in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this is the first wreck east of Twelvemile Beach. This wooden bulf freight steamer, heavily laden with iron ore, ran off its course and ground ashore in fog off the mouth of Hurricane River. Today, the remains may still be seen resting
Mary M. Scott Shipwreck
Also known as the Sandpiper, this 100 foot-long wreck is the bottom of a schooner that was laden with iron ore from Marquette, MI.The canal schooner went ashore November 2, 1870. She was named for the wife of one of her owners. The ship was 138 feet long, 26 feet wide, with a depth of 11 feet and
Michael Groh Shipwreck
As one of the shipwrecks of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Michael Groh is located a mile northeast of Sand Point and 3 miles west if Miners Castle. There are two sections of wreckage in 10 feet of water. Prior to wrecking on November 22, 1895, with 325,000 board feet of lumber bound for