by Carl Stoddard, Capital News Service

By NOAA’s National Ocean Service (TYPO) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LANSING — Silently resting beneath the surface of the Great Lakes are hundreds of shipwrecks, protected by the state and a dwindling crew of volunteers.

Michigan has designated 13 underwater preserves, from St. Joseph to the Straits of Mackinac, and from the Thumb to Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula. The state also has two federal underwater preserves.

The state preserves, which protect sunken ships and natural features, receive no state money.

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