Each year for one day in late February, a hole is chopped in the ice on Little Traverse Bay off Petoskey to allow viewing of this underwater shrine to all who have lost their lives beneath the waves. Martin, who took this photo last year, writes:
This beautiful crucifix rests four fathoms under water in Little Traverse Bay, near the breakwater beacon. Jeff, who went with me, and I debated at length
1) how many feet are in a fathom (we finally agreed on four feet since both fathom and four begin with an “F” (its actually 6 feet), and
2) how unfathomable it is that the crucifix is four fathoms deep, since it appears to be no more than 12-16 feet deep.
This was my first time to see the crucifix, since the previous three years it was canceled due to ice conditions. later today a group of divers are going to swim down for a closer view. brrrrrrrr
You can read all about the history of the Petoskey marble crucifix on Michigan in Pictures and watch the video below to see divers in the Skin Diver Church cleaning the crucifix!