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The John V. Moran Shipwreck

  • North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue Coloma, MI, 49038 United States (map)

Around midnight on Thursday February 9, 1899, on an ice-caked Lake Michigan, the 214-foot John V. Moran bucked the ice flows on its run from Milwaukee to Muskegon to deliver a cargo of barreled flour and package goods. The John V. Moran never finished this voyage. It is now considered one of the deepest and most intact steamships in the Great Lakes, located 375 feet deep off Muskegon’s shoreline. 

Valerie Van Heest, an award winning author, member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and a 25+ year veteran shipwreck explorer, will be presenting on the John V. Moran. With recently filmed footage, Valerie will tell the story of the wreck and how it was found. 

No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions? Contact the Museum at (269)468-3330 or