Joseph S. Fay

Sanctuary volunteer Steve Kroll has been diving on wrecks like the Joseph S. Fay inThunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary since he was young. Now, the Joseph S. Fay is one of 32 wrecks in the sanctuary to have a seasonal mooring buoy that allows boaters to easily locate the wreck -- plus, now those boaters don't have to drop anchor and risk damaging the wrecks. With the buoy, paddlers, divers, and snorkelers alike can check out the ship, which wrecked in 1905 during a strong gale in Lake Huron! Learn moreabout the Joseph S. Fay and other Thunder Bay wrecks. #EarthIsBlue


Well, you've got Lake Huron. And you can't quite see Canada, you got a long ways to look.

But if you were to look in the right place that way there is a white buoy, which is a NOAA buoy that sits on the wreck of the Joseph S. Fay, which as a child - or younger person - I'd swim and try to find it. Sometimes I couldn't even find it. For a long time I'd swim out there and dive down and you'd open your eyes up and see what you could see. Which isn't much without a mask on.

I remember when I got my first mask that was a big difference, so... We do have crystal clear water, you'll get out there and look at a day like today and it'll look like you were in the Bahamas or something. It's that nice. I dove that wreck a lot as a shore dive.

So now you can just swim out there and just kayak out there and, ah, get to the buoy and look down and see the shipwreck. So it's an excellent... excellent feeling.