Agency Plans to Protect More Wrecked Ships

20 Jun 2013 6:43 PM | Anonymous

Agency Plans to Protect More Wrecked Ships
     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed expanding the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron to 4,300 square miles from 448 square miles.

     The sanctuary protects 45 shipwrecks in "Shipwreck Alley," a treacherous stretch of water plagued by "unpredictable weather, murky fog banks, sudden gales, and rocky shoals," the proposal says.

     The expansion would provide protections for an additional 47 known wrecks of national significance. Nearly 200 vessels have been lost around Thunder Bay, the agency said. The wrecks range from an 1844 sidewheel steamer to a modern 500-foot German freighter, and the state of preservation and public accessibility "represent a microcosm of maritime commerce and travel on the Great Lakes," according to the action.

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