June 24, 2013

Shipwreck of the New Orleans midship next to broken mast.

After we completed our de briefing we went over to see if the defiance was buoyed up.  This wreck is one I want to do get down to one day but at a depth of 185 ft, I am going to have to be a bit careful with that one.  We went over the location of the wreck and you could see some of it on the sonar.  Afterwards we skimmed across the rollers and as the sun started to break through the fog, we got to the new orleans location.  The Audubon and New Orleans were not buoyed so Joe had to drop anchor right next to the wreck.  He landed the anchor right next to both wrecks each time on the first drop! 

Broken midship with some penetration under the lower deck.

At a depth of 130 ft The New Orleans sank in 1906 she was carrying coal and ran into the William R Linn.  When both ships spotted each other they tried to avoid each other but adjusted courses into each other instead of away from each other.

bow of the new orleans

We got down to a depth of 125 ft and found the temp to be about the same and the viz to be just a bit less at around 60 ft.There was a little penetration to be had but mainly we admired her shear size and workmanship this wooden steamer had. We ascended without any issues and or decompression times went smooth.  What a great day of shipwreck diving on the great lakes!!

Shipwreck of The New Orleans.

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