Scenes Off the Shore
“The interesting thing is that the Morning Star was raised by salvagers in 1868 and headed back to Lorain when the boat dropped back to the lake floor, where she now sits but did not sink,” explains Carrie E. Sowden, archaeological director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes.
Slumbering away about 8 miles north of Lorain and 60 feet below the surface, the Morning Star is just one of approximately 700 ships claimed by Lake Erie. A mooring buoy now marks the spot, providing divers with an easy visual cue. What they find below, other than zebra mussels, says Sowden, is a fascinating bit of maritime history.
“The steam engine and side paddle is a huge piece of equipment and an interesting representation of the technology as it existed at that time,” she says. “It’s really interesting.”
Check it out for yourself by following these coordinates: 41 36.812 N 82 12.530 W