Pictured here are the remains of the 1840s sidewheel steamer New Orleans, one of the oldest known wrecks in the sanctuary.

Ships that wreck in shallow water tend to break apart due to the force of wind, waves, and ice. Shallow-water shipwrecks dot the shoreline of Thunder Bay, providing recreational opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Shown here are the remains of the 1840s sidewheel steamer New Orleans, one of the oldest known wrecks in the sanctuary. Image courtesy of Thunder Bay 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER.

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