Shipwrecks

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    Over the centuries, an uncounted number 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. 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.