Hundreds come to Petoskey to view underwater crucifix


    A 11-feet tall crucifix is about 22-feet underwater in Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey. (Photo Courtesy: Roxanne Werly)

    EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Hundreds of people have come out to view an underwater crucifix in Emmet County.

    The 11-foot crucifix is made of Italian marble and submerged in Little Traverse Bay.

    On Saturday, more than 600 people were estimated to have come view the crucifix by 3 p.m.

    Some people came from as far as Texas and Alaska to view the crucifix.

    The crucifix is a memorial to divers who lost their lives and it's about 22-feet in the water.

    Saturday's viewing is the first viewing of the crucifix in nearly five years.

    Some facts about the crucifix include:

    • The crucifix is 11-feet tall
    • The crossbar is about 5-feet long
    • The figure on the crucifix is 5-feet tall
    • The original cost of the crucifix was $2,500
    • The value of the crucifix in the 1960's was about $5,000
    • The life expectancy of the crucifix is 200+ years
    • Crucifix weighs approximately 1,850 pounds
    • The right arm of the crucifix has been missing since 1962
    • Several commemorative plaques are also situated around the crucifix
    • The location of the crucifix is buoyed in the summer months

    The viewing of the crucifix is happening until 6 p.m. Saturday.

    Anyone interested in viewing it can enter Little Traverse Bay near the clock tower in Petoskey, just look for the tent out on the ice.

    It is estimated that more than a thousand people could come and view the memorial.

    A 11-feet tall crucifix is about 22-feet underwater in Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey. (Photo Courtesy: Roxanne Werly)




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