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post Sep 14 2021, 04:03 PM
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https://www.southbendtribune.com/story/life...ity/5717223001/

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In 1911, a 211-foot freighter named the Muskegon sank where the fire-scorched hulk was abandoned in Lake Michigan. You can see the buoy that marks the watery grave just 0.28 miles from the Mount Baldy beach near Michigan City.

Now there?€™s an effort to make it Indiana?€™s second underwater nature preserve along the state?€™s 45 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. If approved, this would protect the site for ?€œexceptional?€? scuba diving, if divers are trained for low visibility in the relatively shallow 30 to 35 feet of water, according to Indiana University?€™s Center for Underwater Science.

The preserve would set rules and boundaries for boats so that they don?€™t set anchor and rip into its visible remains, like major segments of the ship?€™s main frame and sidewalls, its steam engine, twin boilers and the propeller and its drive shaft.
The propeller from the shipwreck site of the Muskegon remains in Lake Michigan.

For landlubbers, the preserve would mean virtual tours and interpretive signs, along with the historic buoy, which is also 1.5 miles from Michigan City?€™s Washington Park Marina.

The director of IU?€™s Center for Underwater Science, Charles Beeker, a diver himself, is helping the state to nominate the site as a preserve. He'll speak about the Muskegon at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.
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post Dec 6 2021, 02:09 PM
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https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/indiana...1b208ab34a.html

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ICHIGAN CITY — More than a century ago, townspeople wearied of looking at the fire-torched hull of the SS Muskegon, which had been abandoned in the Michigan City marina.

So they dragged it out into Lake Michigan and sank it.

Now the shipwreck of the 211-foot freighter that sank near Mount Baldy in Michigan City in 1911 could become Indiana's second underwater preserve.

Indiana University's Center for Underwater Science is leading a charge to create the preserve about 2.8 miles from the Mount Baldy beach at a depth of about 30 feet. It would follow the J.D. Marshall Preserve, just off the shore at the Indiana Dunes State Park, that commemorates the capsized ship and four crew members whose history is on display at the state park's Nature Center and Michigan City's Old Lighthouse Museum.
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