The Great Lakes hide more than 6,000 ships at the bottom
The Great Lakes hide in their depths thousands of wrecks that sleep at the bottom at the lakes. These old ships serve as time capsules for researchers where objects are kept from that time in which they were made. This is a world record for lakes.
The lakes are so large that one can even recognize the largest lake Superior from the moon, whose area is larger than any freshwater lake in the world. It has a coastline of nearly 4,500 kilometres and the water flows into the Saint Lawrence river flowing into the North Atlantic ocean.
The Shipwreck Coast on Lake Superior has the most of these dormant giants primarily because of its miles and miles of water surface without a safe harbour where sailors could hide if they are surprised by a storm. On the Canadian side of Lake Huron is a paradise for divers. Fathom Five National Marine Park has 20 historic wrecks that are persistently attracting new curious people.
On the American side of Lake Huron is the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with 70 ships at the bottom, which is why that part was nicknamed the Alley of Wrecks. Visitors can dive to a depth of a meter and a half to 75 meters to take a closer look, and those who do not want to get wet can embark on one of the tours with glass-bottomed boats.
Tour Guides will be ready to tell a variety of experiences and sketches from the past, such as the one about the great storm in 1913 that sank 10 ships, which is why it was named Big Blow. The storm raged for 16 hours, killing 235 sailors.
Divers are constantly discovering boats at the bottom of the lake, often in good condition due to low temperatures and lack of oxygen that prevent decay. Such was the case with the 16-meter-long Washington sailing ship that sailed across the Great Lakes in the late 18th century. Four years ago, it was found by American wreck hunters in Lake Ontario, proud to be the oldest preserved merchant ship ever found in one of the Great Lakes.