Superior Shipwreck

Munising, MI 49862
Phone: (906) 387-2607

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Of all the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shipwrecks, this is among the most tragic. The loss of this steamboat occured at Spray Falls on October 29, 1856. The 191 foot-long side wheeler had two decks, the upper one entirely for passengers. In heavy seas, she lurched off course. Attempts to lighten the load were unsuccessful and as she took on water, the boiler fires were extinguished. Foundering on the rocks, passengers were washed overboard and had to swim in frigid water to the rocks. Survivors endured wind, cold, and snow, struggling several miles to the nearest habitation at Munising Bay and Grand Island. Between 35 and 42 people lost their lives in the wreck.

Depth of the wreck is 10 to 30 feet.

Visibility is 30 to 50 feet.