Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay has claimed hundreds of ships off the shores of Alpena, Michigan sunken ships have been mapped and turned into three-dimensional models. Underwater views are available at a site called Thunder Bay Wrecks.
The mapping was done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and diving manufacturer Fourth Element. This 3D-mapping technology is brand spanking new, and was created for divers and wreck enthusiasts. It allows anyone to take a virtual tour around the wrecks, showing points of interest, history and underwater photography.
The project was done to help promote Thunder Bay as a world-class diving destination. Mission accomplished. You can navigate around the ships by clicking on arrows. You might gasp, even though there’s air to breath up here.
Thunder Bay is said to be home to some of the best preserved and most historically significant shipwrecks in the United States. “The cold, fresh water of Lake Huron means that even wooden schooners dating back to the mid 1800’s, are sitting intact, within recreational and technical diving depths,” according to the site creators.
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, created to protect the wrecks, takes in 448 square miles. More than 50 sunken ships have been discovered so far, out of about 200 take out by fire, ice, collisions and storms.