Lake Michigan Holds Shipwreck Cluster

Diver Ross Richardson has reportedly uncovered five shipwrecks over the summer in the waters around the small Island of Skillagalee, in Lake Michigan. An extensive reef system about 4 feet under the water was responsible for many shipwrecks in the area before advanced navigation, according to area experts.

Richardson believes his discoveries include the remains of a 226-foot sidewheel steamer A.D. Patchin that sank in 1850, and the wreck of the 150-foot brig Julia Dean sunk in 1855. However, all five finds are still officially unidentified.

Richardson documented each of his dives this summer using a GoPro camera attached to a pole. The videos are all available on



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