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      History on the water; a look at shipwreck tours

      Munising is alive with maritime history, and between 15,000 and 18,000 people a year view the turn-of-the-century shipwrecks that rest on a watery grave on the bottom of Lake Superior.

      Shipwreck Tours offers daytime and sunset tours.

      Below this glass viewing area rests The Bermuda. It's a fully-intact vessel that sank in the mid 1800s and it's sitting upright in almost 30 feet of water.

      Jessica Carrasco of South Lyon, Michigan says it's her first time visiting the Upper Peninsula.

      "I love the water. I love all the lakes," said Carrasco. "I think the weather's been perfect. It's not too hot, it's not too cold. It's perfect, and all the views are awesome around the lakes. All you see is the natural land."

      During the daytime tour, Captain Theresa Karr narrated the history of the doomed vessels, and this season is the tour's 20th anniversary on the water.

      "It seems like it's building every year," said Karr. "Because I've been here for 17 years, I can see the growth happening. It's been fantastic. Every year we just attract more and more customers, and we do a lot of word of mouth."

      The boat we took is one of two Coast Guard certified vessels used for the shipwreck tours. The Miss Munising is a 90-seater. It has an upper and lower deck, and if you take the shipwreck tour you can travel 10 miles and see the depths of Lake Superior.

      The tours run seven days a week, rain or shine, until October 13. It costs $30 for adults and $12 for kids six and under.