dsd content copyright info

dive site directory providing information on diving and dive sites all over the world

free online diving information and dive site reviews

location map or:

home - news | highlights | dive sites a-z | search | contribute review | log book | about us | environment | diving events | screen saver & desktop backgrounds


World | USA / Canada | Great Lakes | Diving Lake Huron:

Lake Huron overview


Wrecks:



Other Information Online:




Please note: we cannot
endorse the services of
companies listed. We recommend that you only dive with dive centers that are accredited by a major diving association or by their local tourist authority.



print dive site review | contribute site info / photo


Wreckage of the Queen City, Great Lakes
Divers on the Queen City, Great Lakes - courtesy of Rick Davies

Scuba diving Lake Huron, the Great Lakes, USA / Canada

Reader Reviews:

Dive Site: Queen City

Location: Lake Huron, Great Lakes, Michigan (43°09.124'N, 82°25.711'W)

Description: Passenger steamer wreck

Depth: 12 metres max (40 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: *

The wreckage found at this site are the remains of a ship that in her day was considered one of the finest side-wheel passenger steamers on the Great Lakes. She was built in 1848 and was named after Buffalo, the second largest city in New York state and second largest after Chicago on the Great Lakes (as such nicknamed the Queen City) - location of Bidwell & Banta's shipyard. She carried passengers between Buffalo and Chicago for a number of years, before being sold, dismantled and converted for use as a lumber barge in the Saginaw River.

In 1863 she was loaded and under tow in heavy weather when she began taking on water. According to the Buffalo Daily Courier (Friday August 21st, 1863), the crew of the Eagle Tug cut the Queen City free and left those in board to fend for themselves. Fortunately no lives were lost and it is believed that the abandoned Queen City floated around for several days before finally going down.

Very little remains of the hull, but large sections of the timber decking and the joinery employed in its construction can be observed. The entirety is covered with zebra mussels and used for shelter by gobies and blue gills. Lying in no more than 12m (40 feet) of water, this is an easy dive and although there is not much to see it is nice to pay your respects to what is one of the oldest wrecks in the Great Lakes.

Rick Davies



Do you have any comments on this dive site?


Name:

Email:

Please Note: The form must have an e-mail address or it will not send to us (to stop us from getting too much spam) if you don't want to leave your address just make one up, however we would ask that you please give us your address in case we need to clarify any of the information you have given us. (privacy policy)

send us a photo of this dive site



print dive site review | contribute site info / photo | top



Do you run a dive operation in this area?

Click here to find out more about being listed on this
page in dive site directory.