Captain Donald and Julie Schmidt started Michigan Marine Salvage in 1970, forty years later it is still going strong. As Michigan’s oldest salvage company our captains and crew know the ins and outs of the business. Capt. Donald and Julie Schmidt are the present owners of Michigan Marine Salvage Inc. Michigan Marine Salvage was leased out for five years 1999-2004. The original Michigan Marine Salvors are back at it harder than ever.
The Northeastern part of lake St. Clair, St. Clair Flats, Harsens Island area is one of the largest fresh water deltas in the world. For you as a boater this means lots of trouble spots. Here at Michigan Marine Salvage we have boats standing by 24/7 to assist you with anything that may occur, from something as simple as running out of gas or a dead battery to something more severe as taking on water, fire, running aground or the misfortune of your vehicle breaking through bad ice. If you do run aground we advise you to watch your temperature, even though you may be able to maneuver your vessel from aground if it is getting hot it will be cheaper to get towed rather than over heat your engine.
All of our salvage boats are equipped with pumps and patching equipment should your vessel be taking on water.
Most of Michigan Marine Salvages captains are certified divers/cold water divers. Should you ever get a anchor line entwined in your running gear, a Michigan Marine Salvage diver can help you out. In some cases it may be cheaper for you as a boater to call a Michigan Marine Salvage diver to change a prop/props in the water rather than paying haul in/out fees.
Michigan Marine Salvage is not limited to St.Clair River, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River. Michigan Marine Salvage has mobile units ready to travel anywhere in the States and Canada including inland lakes and waterways, and handle anything that may occur.
Michigan Marine Salvage is working hand in hand with many government agencies in the United States and Canada.
Michigan Marine Salvage has salvaged hundreds of cars, ATVs, and snowmobiles that have met the misfortune of finding inadequate ice.
On all recoveries safety is first at Michigan Marine Salvage our employees are cross trained in several salvage and public safety related categories consisting of:
Ÿ USCG MASTER CAPTAINS
Ÿ DIVING/COLD WATER/ICE
Ÿ HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND CONTAINMENT
Ÿ ICE RESCUE TECHNITION
Ÿ SALVAGE MASTERS
WARNING! Do not sign any blank contract's with any towing service. Be sure the contract stipulates the charges before signing.
Year round Marine Salvage
Ice recovery Diving and salvage
Winter Hall Out and Storage
Over the road Hauling
The smallest lake in the Great Lakes system, Lake St. Clair is not considered to be one of the "Great" lakes, however, it is part of the Lake Erie basin.
Lake St. Clair is shallow, averaging 10 feet (3 meters) deep. St. Clair's maximum depth is only 21 feet (6.4 meters), a mere fraction of Lake Superior's maximum depth of 1,332 feet (406 meters).
The northeastern portion of Lake St. Clair is an extensive delta system, the largest within the Great Lakes.
Figures LENGTH: 26 miles / 41.8 km.
BREADTH: 24 miles / 38.6 km.
AVERAGE DEPTH: 10 ft. / 3 m.
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 21 ft. / 6.4 m.*
VOLUME: About 1 cubic mile / 4.17 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA: U.S.: 162 sq. miles / 420 sq. km. Canada: 268 sq. miles / 694 sq. km.
DRAINAGE BASIN AREA: 4,890 sq. miles / 12,616 sq. km.
SHORELINE LENGTH (including islands): U.S. Mainland: 59 miles / 95 km. Islands: 84 miles / 135 km. Canada Mainland: 71 miles / 114 km. Islands: 43 miles / 69 km.
OUTLET: Detroit River to Lake Erie
RETENTION/REPLACEMENT TIME: About seven days
NAME: French explorers discovered the lake in 1679, calling it Lac Sainte Claire in honor of Sainte Claire of Assisi whose feast day fell at that time. It was Sainte Claire who established an order of Franciscan nuns called the Order of the Poor Claires. Government officials and map makers later changed the spelling to the present form of Saint Clair, or St. Clair. This led to some confusion as to the true origin of the name. Another theory is that the lake was named after the first governor of the Northwest Territory: General Arthur St. Clair.