Michigan lawmaker seeks to sink ships to raise tourism revenue


Capital News Service

LANSING- Some lawmakers want to sink ships, aircrafts and cement structures in the Great Lakes to spur Michigan tourist revenue. Some tourism officials question if the expensive and lengthy process of cleaning and sinking a vessel or aircraft will provide enough economic revenue. Others are concerned about environmental impacts. But with nearly 10,000 shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes, recreational diving is already a popular activity in the state. “Recreational diving tourism is a huge tax revenue source in other states such as Florida and California,” said Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin.

In search of a Great Lakes ghost ship

The Ghost Ships Festival of Milwaukee is known for its maritime history exhibits and presentations.

This year, a woman credited with one of the Great Lakes’ most recent finds told her tale in the search for missing vessels, called “ghost ships.”

Bid to sink warship treading water

(ON) The Kingston Whig – The federal government would love to see the decommissioned HMCS Terra Nova sold to a local diving group that wants to turn it into a diving attraction. But plans to sink the 112-metre anti-submarine destroyer escort near Gananoque are facing an opponent more formidable than anything the ship faced on active service: provincial regulations. Michael Ryan is a member of the Eastern Ontario Artificial Reef Association, a group of divers that has been trying to turn the boat into a diving attraction for several years.  More