Lake Michigan shipwreck-USCoastGuard-FB

With the winter ice melted on the Great Lakes, the blue waters of northern Lake Michigan are clear enough to give airplane pilots a great view of some legendary shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom.

During a routine April flyover, an aircrew from The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City captured some unique photos of a handful of the many shipwrecks along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

This photo (click to enlarge) shows the wreckage of the Rising Sun, a 133 foot long wooden steamer that became stranded just north of Pyramid Point in 1917, near Leland, Michigan.

Her wreckage now rests in 6 to 12 feet of water.

See the rest of the photos posted by the Coast Guard on Facebook, and also, check out this list of the 13 most famous shipwrecks of Lake Michigan at

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