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Exploring the Great Lakes Shipwrecks with Double Action Dive Charters Vessels

Exploring the Great Lakes Shipwrecks with Double Action Dive Charters

Are you ready to plunge into the enthralling realm of submerged shipwrecks? Double Action Dive Charters is your gateway to the mysterious underwater world of the Great Lakes. Operating with two exceptional vessels, the SeaQuest II and the Go Between, we offer unmatched shipwreck diving experiences. Each dive is a journey back in time, revealing stories of the lakes’ maritime heritage preserved beneath the waves. Get ready to dive right in and discover the hidden treasures of the Great Lakes!

Diving into History: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a huge splash of freshwater that are not just known for their sheer size and beauty, but also for their deep maritime history brimming with shipwrecks. Imagine this: over 6,000 shipwrecks rest below these waters, each telling its own dramatic story of a tussle with nature. This makes the Great Lakes a top spot for divers, almost like one of the biggest underwater museums you can find anywhere in the world.

From old wooden schooners of the 1800s to big steel steamers from the last century, these ships have been incredibly well-preserved by the chilly waters. Diving here is like diving into a history book where every page turn shows you a scene frozen in time.

When you dive with Double Action Dive Charters, you’re not just going on another dive trip. You’re diving into an adventure filled with natural beauty and fascinating history. 

Whether it’s exploring the bare bones of an old schooner or the rusty hull of a massive freighter, each dive connects you deeply with the past. For anyone who loves history or craves adventure, “Great Lakes shipwreck dive charters” is more than just a trip—it’s a ticket to an unforgettable experience.

Meet the SeaQuest II: Your Comfortable Dive Charter

Dive into comfort aboard the SeaQuest II, a 47-foot vessel renowned for its comfort and designed with divers in mind. Whether you’re gearing up for your dive or relaxing post-dive, the SeaQuest II offers one of the most comfortable boating experiences on Lake Michigan.

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SeaQuest II on Lake Michigan

Wreck Exploration at Its Finest

The SeaQuest II specializes in navigating the southern end of Lake Michigan to bring you to some of the most intriguing shipwrecks in the area. From historical vessels lying quietly beneath the waves to recent sunken treasures, each site tells a unique story that awaits divers of all levels.

Diving Depths for Every Diver

Whether you are a novice just getting your flippers wet or an experienced diver looking for a challenge, the SeaQuest II has something for you. Dive sites vary from shallow waters of about 25 feet deep to advanced depths of up to 150 feet. This range provides an excellent playground for divers to explore at their comfort level.

Ensuring a Cozy Experience

Comfort isn’t sacrificed for adventure on the SeaQuest II. The vessel boasts an enclosed cabin and plenty of seating, creating a cozy environment where you can unwind. Regardless of the weather outside, the onboard air conditioning and heater maintain a pleasant atmosphere within.

Safety Is Our Priority

On the SeaQuest II, your safety comes first. The boat is equipped with essential safety gear, including an oxygen kit for emergencies. It also features a bathroom for convenience, ensuring that all your basic needs are covered while you enjoy your diving adventure.

Bubble Watchers Program

Don’t want to dive alone? Bring a non-diving spouse or friend along! The SeaQuest II offers a Bubble Watchers program that allows non-divers to join the trip at a reduced rate. They can soak up the sun, enjoy the fresh lake air, and be part of the experience without getting wet.

Discover the Shipwrecks You’ll Explore

Embark on a journey through time as you dive into some of the most captivating shipwrecks the southern end of Lake Michigan has to offer. Each site offers a unique glimpse into the maritime history preserved beneath the waves.

David Dows: A Dive into History

Begin your adventure at the David Dows, located in Hammond Marina. Known as the only five-masted schooner ever built on the Great Lakes, the David Dows and its tragic sinking in 1889 have fascinated historians and divers alike. The ship met its untimely demise during a fierce storm, becoming a testament to the dangerous nature of maritime trade in the 19th century.

David Dows Shipwreck Great Lakes
David Dows Great Lakes Shipwreck Captured by the Double Action Dive Charters Team

Today, diving at the David Dows site offers a unique opportunity to explore a significant piece of maritime heritage. The wreck lies relatively intact, allowing divers to get an intimate look at what life might have been like aboard a Great Lakes schooner. Surrounded by cold, freshwater, the preservation of the wooden hull and various artifacts onboard is exceptional, providing a snapshot of the past frozen in time.

Divers can swim through the remains, observing features like the ship’s massive masts and the intricate carpentry of its deck structures. Each dive reveals more about the daily operations of these historic vessels, offering insights not only into the ship’s history but also into the broader story of shipping on the Great Lakes during a bygone era.

Lady Elgin: Mystery Beneath the Waves

Just a stone’s throw from the David Dows, near Hammond Marina, the Lady Elgin rests, enveloped in mystery. Its sinking in 1860 marks one of the Great Lakes’ greatest maritime tragedies, claiming over 300 lives. The circumstances of its demise and the ensuing tales of heroism and loss have captivated historians and divers alike.

Diving at the Lady Elgin site is a journey through a poignant story preserved by the cold lake waters. Artifacts, personal items, and parts of the wreck itself lie scattered, each piece whispering tales from that fateful night. These remnants not only narrate the chaos but also the human stories tied to the tragedy.

Exploring this site goes beyond traditional diving—it’s about uncovering hidden stories and connecting with history in an intimate, unforgettable way.

Illinois and Holly Barge: Echoes of the Past

Explore the Illinois and Holly Barge, a sunken relic resting beneath Lake Michigan’s surface, which offers a unique window into the Great Lakes’ maritime history. This underwater time capsule, victim to early 20th-century storms, preserves a wealth of artifacts and the barge’s largely intact structure.

Divers can navigate around the preserved wooden frame and metal fittings, encountering tools and personal items that paint a vivid picture of its operational days and the crew’s life. This dive site is not only a historical journey but also a thriving aquatic habitat, serving as an artificial reef teeming with fish and lake flora.

The Illinois and Holly Barge invites divers into a world where history and modern ecology intertwine, offering a rich educational experience and a firsthand look at the ecological impact of shipwrecks in aquatic environments.

The Rotarian: Uncover Hidden Secrets

Dive into the depths of Lake Michigan to explore The Rotarian, a shipwreck wrapped in mystery and rich with historical allure. Each visit to this intriguing dive site reveals new secrets through historical artifacts and vibrant marine life that now calls this wreck home.

Sunk under enigmatic conditions, The Rotarian captures the imagination with remnants that hint at its untold stories—scattered personal belongings and structural remains that narrate a sudden disaster. This wreck is not just a hub for history buffs but also a thriving ecosystem, serving as an artificial reef teeming with fish and aquatic plants.

The Rotarian is a dynamic testament to the interplay between human history and natural evolution, offering divers continuous discoveries and a vivid encounter with Lake Michigan’s underwater biodiversity.

…And Many More!

These are just a few highlights of what awaits with SeaQuest II. There are many more shipwrecks, each with its own story and mysteries, ready for you to explore.

Go Between: Lake Huron’s Roomy Dive Boat

Dive into the fascinating world of Great Lakes shipwrecks with a journey aboard the esteemed vessel, Go Between. As you embark on your underwater adventure, you’ll uncover a treasure trove of historical artifacts and maritime marvels, all nestled beneath the surface of Lake Huron.

The Ultimate Dive Experience

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting your underwater exploration, Go Between offers wreck sites tailored to divers of all ages and skill levels. From novice divers eager to dip their toes into the world of underwater exploration to experienced wreck enthusiasts seeking their next adrenaline rush, there’s something for everyone aboard this spacious vessel.

Go Between Dive Charter Great Lakes
The Go Between on the Great Lakes

Convenient Departure Points

Setting sail from the picturesque harbors of Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach, Go Between provides convenient access to some of Lake Huron’s most renowned dive sites. Port Sanilac beckons with its charming waterfront and bustling marina, while Harbor Beach offers a tranquil escape surrounded by natural beauty. No matter which harbor you depart from, your journey aboard Go Between promises unforgettable experiences and unparalleled adventures.

Discover the Untold Stories

As you descend into the depths of Lake Huron, you’ll encounter a world frozen in time, where sunken ships tell tales of bygone eras and maritime history comes to life. From the haunting wreckage of 19th-century schooners to the majestic remains of steamships lost to the depths, each dive with Go Between unveils a new chapter in the rich tapestry of Great Lakes lore.

Safety First, Adventure Always

At Go Between, safety is paramount. Our experienced crew and knowledgeable dive masters are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all passengers. From thorough equipment checks to expert guidance underwater, we prioritize your safety without compromising on the thrill of exploration.

Join Us on the Journey

Are you ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Whether you’re a seasoned wreck diver or a curious explorer, Go Between invites you to dive into the depths of Lake Huron and uncover the secrets of its sunken treasures. Book your voyage today and prepare to discover a world hidden beneath the waves.

Great Lakes Harbors Served by the Go Between 

Port Sanilac: Gateway to Great Lakes Adventure

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Huron, Port Sanilac beckons with its quaint charm and rich maritime history. As one of the harbors served by the esteemed vessel, Go Between, Port Sanilac offers a gateway to unforgettable underwater adventures.

Port Sanilac’s scenic waterfront is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. From tranquil beaches perfect for a leisurely stroll to rugged cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the lake, this charming village captivates visitors with its natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere.

Steeped in maritime heritage, Port Sanilac boasts a storied past as a bustling port and shipping hub. Today, echoes of its maritime legacy can be found in its historic lighthouses, maritime museums, and preserved shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves. Dive into the depths of Lake Huron and explore these underwater time capsules, where relics of the past await discovery.

Harbor Beach: Serenity by the Shore

Nestled along the tranquil shores of Lake Huron, Harbor Beach offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As one of the harbors served by the esteemed vessel, Go Between, Harbor Beach invites visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Michigan’s Great Lakes.

Harbor Beach is renowned for its pristine beaches, where crystal-clear waters and soft sands create the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and recreation. Whether you’re sunbathing on the shore, swimming in the lake, or enjoying water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures to be had in Harbor Beach.

The harbor serves as the heart of Harbor Beach, where a bustling marina welcomes boaters and sailors from near and far. Explore the harbor’s vibrant waterfront, dotted with charming shops, cozy cafes, and seafood restaurants serving up fresh catches of the day. As the sun sets over Lake Huron, soak in the scenic beauty and tranquility that define Harbor Beach’s coastal charm.

Embark on Your Great Lakes Adventure

Whether you choose to depart from the historic port of Port Sanilac or the serene shores of Harbor Beach, your journey aboard Go Between promises unforgettable experiences and unparalleled adventures. Join us as we explore the depths of Lake Huron and uncover the hidden treasures that lie beneath the waves.

Booking and Convenience

Looking to book your next diving adventure? Look no further than Double Action Dive Charters, where convenience meets excitement beneath the waves.

When it comes to booking, we make it as easy as a gentle descent into crystal-clear waters. With our online booking system, you can reserve your spot from the comfort of your own home, any time of day or night. No more waiting for business hours or rushing to make a call before the lines close. Simply hop online, choose your date, and secure your spot with just a few clicks. It’s diving made easy, on your schedule.

But we understand that sometimes you might have questions or need a bit of assistance. That’s why we offer phone support from our team of live captains. Whether you’re curious about dive sites, want to know more about equipment, or just need help navigating the booking process, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help. With Double Action Dive Charters, you’re never alone in your diving journey.

For more information on our available charters, dive sites, or to book your next adventure, visit the Double Action Dive Charters website calendar. Dive into convenience and excitement with us today!

Happy diving!


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