Shipwreck facts: The Muskegon is a steamer vessel type and a package-freighter property type. It was constructed in 1872 as the Peerless by Ira Lafinter (Milwaukee Public Library 1959). This vessel was built at Cleveland, Ohio. The ship measured 211 feet in length by 39.9 feet abeam with a draft of 12.5 feet and weighed 1199 gross tons (Ackerman 1992; Ellis 1988:2; Milwaukee Public Library 1959). This vessel was first operated by Leopold & Austrian out of Chicago and had a U. S. registry (BGSU 2011a; Milwaukee Public Library 1959). When the Muskegon was the Peerless the vessel was equipped with a large reciprocating engine and dual boilers. The Peerless was re-named to the Muskegon in 1908 after the Muskegon and Chicago Navigation Company purchased the ship (Milwaukee Public Library 1959).
Notes from the field:
Day 13 – Crazy busy day. We dove to two sites for video and some photography. One had great visibility and the other not so great. However, we were able to get some good video at both. With some 0f these shipwreck sites, sometimes there is great visibility (15-20 feet) and then 5 minutes later the visibility is down to 5 feet. Water temperatures ranged from 60 to 68 degrees today. We also did some additional survey with the Austin Powers and had an almost epic drama with an entanglement. But problem solved quickly, thanks to a great Crew. After all that, we went and gave a presentation to the Indy Dive club in Indianapolis. We brought the Austin Powers with us to show the most recent scans and other types of scans and we did a demonstration of how the sidescan works. Thanks to William Baker and the Indy Dive Club. They were awesome. Fabulous Public Archaeology evening!
Thanks and Cheers J