The “Florida” is a 270-foot long steamer that struck another even larger ship, in dense fog in 1897 off Presque Isle, Lake Huron, MI. At that time the Forida was one of the largest vessels working the Great Lakes. It rests in 206 feet of water, upright and was only discovered in 1994.
I took this image last July on a week-long technical dive trip targeting a handful of shipwrecks off Presque Isle, off the west shore of Lake Huron in Michigan. The divers are exploring the stern of the ship and the remains of its steam engine.
The photography was very challenging because we only did two dives per day due to the depths. Our bottom time was limited to 20 min which then required 40 minutes of decompression before surfacing. The water temperature at that depth was 38 degrees. Fortunately for our decompression at shallower depths, the water warmed to the low 50’s shallower than 15 feet.
My underwater camera is a 16-year-old, Canon 1Ds Mark II, the first full-frame DSLR! For this photo, I shot at 1/50th sec, f/5, ISO 1250 with a 15mm fisheye lens. This is about the top end of the ISO range for this camera! I had a tip from our trip leader and award-winning UW photographer, Beck Kagan Schott who told me to try and get off the wreck, in other words, swim away from the wreck, to take in the scale of the scene. This was invaluable advice!