by: Dave Kelch,
OSU Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant
Lake Erie is the shallowest, warmest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, and is the12th largest freshwater lake in the world. Erie’s shallowness adds to its treacherous reputation; she can go from flat calm to a raging beast in less than 20 minutes.
Hence Lake Erie has over 1700 shipwrecks, of which only approximately 277 have been found and salvaged, or located by divers and remain on the bottom. Over 6000 shipwrecks are known to have occurred Great Lakes wide, with Lake Erie claiming the most at 1700.
Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or a shore bound maritime history aficionado, your trip to Lorain County will be enhanced by investigating our maritime heritage. Expand your knowledge by visiting numerous Ohio Lake Erie coastal centers, such as the Great Lakes Historical Society and Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center. The Great Lakes Historical Society/Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center is a focal point of the historic Harbour Town district of Vermilion, Ohio. The Peachman Center holds a vast collection of shipwreck information and files, with many shipwreck artifacts displayed at the Historical Society’s Museum.
For scuba divers, Lorain’s offshore waters hold some of the best wrecks for diving in Lake Erie. Popular destination shipwrecks offshore of the Lorain area include: Morning Star, City Of Concord, Courtland, Hickory Stick, Sarah Sheldon, Ivanhoe, Craftsman, Alva B, John Pridgeon Jr., and the Duke Luedtke just to mention a few.
Dive charters are available as well as a local full-service dive center. For more detailed information about diving into Lorain County’s historic Lake Erie past, please visit the following websites:
Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center:
Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales of Lake Erie’s Coastal OhioTrail:
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