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Over the centuries, uncounted numbers of ships sank in the waters around Traverse City, but only a few dozen of these wrecks have been located. Many are in the deep waters of the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve and can only be reached by boat and scuba equipment. But a few of these hulks are in shallow water and can easily be reached from shore by snorkelers. The 160-foot steamer "Three Brothers" and the 246-foot freighter "Francisco Morazon," are both located off South Manitou Island, while the "Rising Sun" lies off Pyramid Point south of Leland and the skeletal remains of the 124-foot schooner "Metropolis" can be found just north of Old Mission Harbor.