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Do a Virtual Tour Of Great Lakes Shipwrecks In 3-D

Is freshwater diving your “thing?” Ever had diving the North American Great Lakes on your bucket list?

Well, the state of Indiana’s Natural Resources Department recently introduced a new website — — that gives three-dimensional views of four shipwrecks along the state’s coastline with Lake Michigan.

One of those wrecks is the J.D. Marshall, which was named the state’s first underwater preserve site in 2013. The ship, which went to the bottom in 1911, lies off the coast of Indiana Dunes State Park, according to The Associated Press.

Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program got the 3-D data for the website via sonar scans.

“As many as 50 have sunk within Indiana’s 241 square miles of Lake Michigan,” according to the Indiana Natural Resources Department. “Work by the State of Indiana to locate these shipwrecks yielded 14 sites but only a handful with confirmed identities. Two of these — Muskegon (aka Peerless), and the Material Service Barge — are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The J.D. Marshall was the lone wreck designated as nature preserve as of June 2015.”

For more info on diving one of those sites, check out the Natural Resources Department’s brochure as well as the video below.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.