F.H. Prince, Lake Erie, Ohio


The shipwreck of the F.H. Prince, a popular site for divers and snorkelers, rests about a half-mile (0.8 km) off the eastern shore of Kelleys Island, Ohio, in 20 feet (6 m) of water. Waves and ice have scattered some of the wreck. The wreck itself is about 240 feet (73 m) in length and contains the keel and keelsons, many of the ribs, planking, and engine works.
Kelleys Island is located in the western basin of Lake Erie about four miles (6.4 km) north of Marblehead and 12 miles (19 km) from Sandusky on the Ohio mainland. The island measures more than four square miles (10 km) and is the largest freshwater American island in Lake Erie.
The shipwreck draws anglers for the large numbers of smallmouth bass, rock bass and other sportfishing species.
Visibility depends upon lake conditions and algae blooms, but varies up to 20 feet (6 m). The wreck is encrusted by zebra/quagga mussels, with white/brown freshwater sponge scattered throughout. Various types of submerged aquatic vegetation are observed during the summer months.
Privately operated ferries offer frequent daily service for cars, RVs, bicyclists and pedestrians from the Ohio mainland at Marblehead and Sandusky to Kelleys Island. Charter boats are available from the island and from the mainland.
Depths to: 20 feet (6 m).
Visibility: 1-20 feet (3.3 to 6 m).
Water temperature: About 30-70 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 21 degrees Celsius) depending on the time of year.
Aquatic life: Includes smallmouth bass and rock bass.
Fees: None.
On-site amenities: Nearby Kelleys Island is the largest freshwater island in Lake Erie, offering multiple amenities.
More info: Call 800-255-3743 or visit www.kelleysisland.com or www.shoresandislands.com.
Getting there: From Cleveland, take Ohio Highway 2/90 west toward Toledo, Ohio. Cross Sandusky Bay on the Edison Memorial Bridge. Get off at the Ohio 269 exit marked Lakeside/Marblehead. Stay to your left. The road dead-ends. Turn right onto Ohio 163. Stay on Ohio 163 for about 5 miles (8 km). Once you pass the Marblehead sign the ferryboat will be on your left about 1/2 mile (0.8 km) down the road. Go under the overhead trestle and turn left into the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.