A Rough Site Plan by Jack Papes.
LOCATION: Lake Huron. ~6 mi [10 km] off Presque Isle Harbor, MI, USA
DIVE CHARTER: Great
Lakes Dive Charters.
LIES: Upright on hard bottom.
CONDITION: Stern Sheared of and Collapsed on the Bottom. Otherwise intact.
DEPTH: 180'-220' [54-67m]
TYPE: Wooded Steam Propeller
BUILT: at Buffalo, NY 1889
LOST: On May 21, 1897,
Collided with the steamer
GEORGE W. ROBY in a dense
fog. Sank in 12 minutes.
ROBY picked up her crew.
Florida was one of the
largest boats on the lakes
at the time of the
CARGO: General Merchandise.
DIMENSIONS: 271' [83m] x 40' [12m] x 15' [5m]
NOTES: This very large wooden
steamer sits well off of the bottom. A view of the bow
looking aft provides a good perspective of the magnitude of this
spectacular dive site. The ships name appears clearly on the forward
capstan. · Opportunity
for exploration lies everywhere. Numerous artifacts are located in the
large cargo holds, including numerous crates, barrels, and hand carts for
moving said. · The
stern structure forward of the collapse is intact. A fire ax remains
cradled in its wall hangers here. ·
Swimming aft of the stern structure, the stern has sheared off cleanly and
on the bottom a good 30' [9m] below the main deck. The massive
engine lies amongst the tangled wreckage. ·
Making the turn here, looking forward, provides an awesome view of the
cross section of the ship. One could dedicate an entire week diving this
ship. Another gem.