Last Saturday I made my last SCUBA dive of the season. The lakes are beginning to ice over — so I’ll have to wait until my Florida trip in February to start the new season.
Stats for the year:
- 78 dives completed in 2017
- 13 new wrecks discovered or explored, including the SS Liberty in Lake Superior at Grand Marais and wrecks in Lake Minnetonka, Lake Pulaski, and Prior Lake
- Completed my 10th year volunteering as a diver with Maritime Heritage Minnesota, a local marine archeology firm
But maybe the highlight of the year was my discovery of a new wreck in St. Louis Bay in Lake Minnetonka during my last few dives of the year (photo above). I was able to excavate and video portions of this wreck, with the remaining work to be conducted next year.
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.
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.