Indiana shipwrecks in Lake Michigan: Virtual Tours!

In spring 2015 remote sensing research and documentation was conducted to assist with the development of virtual tours for Indiana shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. Previous research from the last 27 years, maps, drawings, and remote sensing data were all compiled to make the best artistic representations of four Indiana historic shipwrecks: the Care Ferry No. 2, J. D. Marshall, Material Service, and Muskegon (aka Peerless)

These models are now available at:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/lakemich/8526.htm

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The J. D. Marshall Preserve

The J. D. Marshall Preserve

In 2014, the J. D. Marshall was designated as a nature preserve. The J.D. Marshall Preserve is the first underwater preserve in Indiana and is based around the J.D. Marshall shipwreck site. The ship sank on June 11, 1911.

Why designate this as a State dedicated nature preserve? State dedicated nature preserves are usually on land, but many include portions of ponds and lakes, and a few include entire lakes. Some nature preserves also include cultural features. Nature preserves can be established for a variety of reasons, and one of those reasons (per the Nature Preserves Act, IC 14-31-1) is to promote understanding and appreciation of cultural values by the people of the State of Indiana.

What does it mean to be a nature preserve? State dedicated nature preserves are given the highest amount of protection a tract of land can have within Indiana. The intent is to keep the preserve from any threats or conversion to another use. In this case, that means trying primarily to keep the J D Marshall in an undisturbed condition.

Why protect a shipwreck? Shipwrecks are more than just wood and steel beams. They tell an important story about past events and about the people who lived before us. They provide information regarding our economic, technological, and cultural history, and give us insight into early survival on the Great Lakes. Shipwrecks represent both archaeological and artistic values, and show us how the decisions we make today can affect future generations. If we preserve shipwrecks, they will be available for many to see and study for years to come.

How will I know where the boundary of the preserve is located? The boundary of the preserve will be denoted by seasonally-placed marker buoys at the corners and along the northern edge. In addition, the NOAA nautical charts will be updated to include the boundary.

Can I still fish in the preserve? Yes, paddling by canoe or kayak and fishing by boat with a draft less than 8 feet are both allowed; however, no anchoring is permitted by any vessels within the boundaries of the preserve for the protection of the shipwreck and surrounding debris field. DNR may place mooring buoys for fishing or diving (one boat per buoy permitted) within the boundary of the nature preserve. Use of the preserve for paddling and fishing are subject to preserve rules established by the Administrator and also subject to state fishing regulations.

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Material Service listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Well, again the time has flown. And although the blog has been lagging, research, conservation and public outreach still continue. In 2013, The Material Service was listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This site is the second shipwreck in Indiana to be listed in the NRHP and the first shipwreck to be listed in about 25 years.

 

Dr. K.

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August 2012 – Search for the Tuttle continues…

We would like to thank the IDNR District 10 Officers: Officer Torsell, Officer Klimek, and Officer Arlandson for spending their valuable time to partner with the Lake Michigan Coastal Program efforts to do a little additional shipwreck survey.  We would like to especially thank Lt. Shepherd and the Director of the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, Scotty Wilson, for providing resources that assist with the conservation of Indiana’s cultural resources.

Cheers  :)

Dr. K

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Follow through: The Management Plan

Well,

    Mnaagement Plan in place – now to implementation.  We were back out to a site in may to conduct some monitoring.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with that effort.  Next we will be back out in in the field again, conducting additional fieldwork as part of the management plan supported by the Lake Michigan Coastal Program and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.  So more blog posts to follow.

Cheers🙂

Dr. K

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Indiana Archaeology Month!

Hello fellow shipwreck enthusiasts!

September is Indiana Archaeology Month. The theme this year is “Hoosier History in the Deep”Indiana Archaeology Month 2012

Cheers🙂

Dr. K

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The lakeshore – 89.1 FM

Thanks to Dan Bindert, who so graciously hosted an interview this morning to promote Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness month and Indiana Archaeology Awareness month.  We’ll see if we can get a copy to post on the blog.

Cheers🙂

Dr. K

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