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Northwind

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Northwind, a set on Flickr.

The wreck of Northwind sits in about 115 feet of water in the North Channel of Lake Huron, near Manitoulin Island. She is about 299 feet long, with quite a few options for penetration for the properly trained and experienced. She sank in July 1926, but information on her sinking is hard to come by. It’s also hard to come by information on what kind of cargo she transported or what her routes were.

Northwind has a few distinctive features:

  1. The surprising lack of zebra mussels means her wooden superstructure can still be seen, as is evident from my photos.
  2. Some of the hinges on her doors still swing, which is also surprising.
  3. Her stern is buried deep in the clay-like mud, making her seem like she’s being sucked into the bottom of the lake.

Diving on the wreck of Northwind poses a few challenges:

  1. She’s in dark waters, so without a powerful light, you won’t see much and won’t be seen.
  2. Visibility tends to be poor, so it’s easy to get disoriented; be sure to orient yourself to your upline before you swim off exploring, or you’ll have to do a free ascent off a surface marker buoy.
  3. Getting there: right now, the only charter boat available to take you to the wreck site is through Tobermory Aquasports. Captain Steve Tiernan is well familiar with the wreck topside and underwater, so you couldn’t be in better hands. Because of the distance, trips to the Northwind happen only when there are enough divers to offset the cost of getting there from Tobermory.

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For my trip report of my second excursion to Northwind, see Trip Report: Northwind.

Vlada Dekina re-posted her Wreck Diving Magazine story about the Northwind on her blog, Wrecks And Reef.