What do you have to say about the Indiana Lake Michigan Underwater Archaeological Resource Project?
With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Management Program is coordinating archaeological investigations of shipwrecks in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan. Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (CCRG) is performing the investigations, with oversight by the State Archaeologist and Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites.
Shipwrecks such as the J.D. Marshall, which happened 100 years ago this summer, are memorials to Indiana’s maritime history. This propeller was taken from the steam barge J.D. Marshall; it was made in 1891 and weighs over 4,000 pounds. A 154-foot steamship that hauled lumber for 20 years, the J.D. Marshall was converted to a sand sucker in 1911. On June 10 of that year, the hull of the boat began to leak, and the J.D. Marshall capsized in a strong storm the next day, killing several men on board. This propeller serves as a marker and indicates that the wrecked ship now lies beneath the surface of Lake Michigan.