Tag Archives: Lake Minnetonka

End of another diving season

model-t 1932 Ford Deluxe Roadster. (07/24/2007)

The end of another diving season is here.  I made my last dive for the season last weekend in 35 degree water in Lake Minnetonka.  It’s a shame to end the season as I had 35 foot visibility!

It was another year of exploration and discovery with Maritime Heritage Minnesota, where I have been a volunteer for the past 9 years.  We continue to dive on anomalies that were discovered during their side scan sonar survey of Lake Minnetonka from a couple of years ago.

My personal stats for the year:

  • 87 dives completed
  • 9 shipwrecks including the passenger vessel White Bear in Lake Minnetonka and the Fleetwing in Lake Michigan (Door County)
  • 2 antique cars — the body from a Ford Model T touring car and a 1938 Ford Deluxe Roadster
  • Water intakes, pipelines, and other artifacts in Lake Minnetonka

Most of these finds have been  documented via video — search for my YouTube channel (K7ALE) to take a look.

 

 

Marine archaeology update

For the fifth summer in a row, I have been volunteering with Maritime Heritage Minnesota, a non-profit marine archaeology firm researching Minnesota’s submerged resources.  This summer, we have continued our work in Lake Minnetonka, diving on sites that have been identified during a previous side-scan sonar survey of the lake.

So far this year, I have been able to dive on five wrecks, including a new discovery.  I have video of all of these wrecks on YouTube (search for K7ALE for my channel) — I am also linking to a couple of the more interesting videos here.