Sunken paddle boat spotted at bottom of lake 154 years after it first sunk

A sunken paddle boat has been spotted at the bottom of the lake 154 years after it first sunk.

Becky Kagan Schott, 36, took the images last week while enjoying an underwater dive around the deep wreckage in Lake Huron, Michigan.

PIC BY Becky Kagan Schott / CATERS NEWS

The photographer from Philadelphia has visited this wreckage several times over the past year and enjoys viewing its persevered features such as its decorative steering pole and brass with blue and green paint.

The pre-civil war side-wheel steamboat Detroit was built in 1846 and even 154 years after her sinking the Great Lakes have preserved this 172-year-old ship.

PIC BY Becky Kagan Schott / CATERS NEWS

The Detroit was built in Newport, Michigan and used to help transport goods such as cattle, crops, news, coal and passengers. The ship measured 157 feet long and 352 tonnes.

Becky said: “I remember backing up to see the entire paddle wheel and she swam down and illuminated the bottom of it.

“I was just in awe thinking to myself this ship has been here for over 100 years! I was looking at a wonderful piece of Great Lakes history and pre-civil war era shipbuilding.

PIC BY Becky Kagan Schott / CATERS NEWS

“Another shot I’m fond of was just taken last week. As we descended down to the wreck we could see about 30 meters of it which is really good.

“I’d never seen the water so clear and blue. I snapped a shot looking at both intact paddle wheels with the walking beam engine from above which looks really unique.

“On that same dive, I captured a shot of the two anchors still sitting on the bow as if they are still ready to be deployed after all of these years.

PIC BY Becky Kagan Schott / CATERS NEWS

“The couple I dive with,  Jim and Susan Winn,  helped me out with a neat shot lighting both wheels at the same time on one of our dives.

” I think seeing a diver in the shot really gives you an idea of how big the paddle wheels are and how beautifully intact they are.

“The shots I’m able to create today are due to invasive quagga mussels that clear the water up significantly.

“It’s rare to be able to dive an intact side-wheel steamer. Many are broken up but this one is special.”