Mystery at The Bottom of Lake Michigan- Do you Know About it?

These are no creepy underwater statues, but the giant crucifix has a special significance for the people of Petoskey since 60 years now.

In 1956, a tragic farming accident caused the death of 15-year-old Gerald Schipinski. Gerald's family commissioned this huge, 11-foot crucifix statue from Italy. Unfortunately, it was badly damaged during its voyage, and the family no longer wanted it.

In 1956, a farming accident brought death to Gerald Schipinski who was 15 years old then. His family commissioned an 11 feet crucifix statue from Italy. But, it was damaged during the transfer and the family refused to keep it.

A local diving group decided to purchase the statue for $50. In 1962, the group decided to plunge the statue into the waters of  Little Traverse Bay as a dedication to the many divers who have lost their lives researching the freezing deep.

The statue was purchased at $50 by a local diving group. They plunged the statue into the waters of Little Traverse Bay in 1962 as a tribute to all those who lost their lives while researching in the freezing bottom.

The original arm broke off and it was fixed in 1985.

The original arm broke off and now sits on the desk of a photographer who was part of the original diving group. The statue was fixed and refurbished in 1985.

In 1986 it was the first time that the stature was viewed publically when the lake was completely frozen. It can be viewed through an etched-out hole.

Get down to Petoskey, Michigan this winters and walk across this master piece!


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