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Dive Review of Straits Scuba/Driftwood Motel in
The Continental USA/Straits of Mackinac

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Bosveld, MN, USA
Report Number 2801
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
North Shore of Lake Superior
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
51   to 62    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked to watch both Air and NDC time for each dive.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The wrecks are in wonderful shape. There are no special facilities for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
The best part of the trip was the wrecks.  I was blown away by the wrecks
states of preservation, and conditions.  Each wreck we dove was mostly
intact, and in great shape.  These are all cold water dives made using a
dry suit. We had to provide all our own gear including tanks and weight. 
Air fills were available at the dock. The boat was comfortable, but with 17
divers aboard it as not very spacious. All the wrecks are in deep water
from 70 to 120 feet deep.  This limited the bottom time for both air and
NDC time.  I am planning to return next year after completing my staged
decompression diving certification, and bring double tanks.  We dove five
wrecks in three days and were blown off the wrecks on one morning. The
wrecks were the Cedarville, the Eber Ward, the Sandusky, the William Young,
and the Minneapolis. The wreck of the Cedarville lies in 45-110 feet of
water is three quarters inverted and broken in half. The Cedarville was a
steel hulled ore carrier, and was so large that I only had time to explore
the stern section during our dive. The Eber Ward is a wooden hulled ship in
90-110 feet of water.  The wreck is upright and from the main deck down is
mostly intact.  This wreck provides for 2 decks of penetration with very
open cargo holds. The penetration time was short due to the depth of the
wreck. The Sandusky is in 60-85 feet of water.  It was the least intact of
the wrecks we dove but still provided many interesting sites, chief among
these is the ships figurehead.  The William Young lies in 90-120 feet of
water.  The wreck provides a single deck of penetration with a nice swim
through at the bow.  The ships wheel is still onboard and in good shape. 
The Minneapolis is in 80-125 feet of water.  This wreck is a very large
wood ship, and the boiler and parts of its engine are in great shape.
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