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Montana
Wooden Steam Barge
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GPS Location: N44° 59.025’ W83° 16.013’
Depth:
63 Feet
Wreck Length:
236 Feet Beam: 36 Feet
Gross Tonnage:
1536 Cargo: None
Launched:
1872 by Muir and Livingston at Port Huron, Michigan
Wrecked:
September 6, 1914
Description:
The Montana was originally a swift package freighter operated by the New York Central Railroad’s Western Transit Company.  In 1909, she was rebuilt as a lumber carrier.   En route from Detroit to Georgian Bay to load lumber in 1914, it caught fire, burned to the water’s edge, and sank off Thunder Bay’s North Point.  Today, the bow is broken open, but many interesting hull features can still be seen at the site.  It's engine, boiler, shaft and propeller are all in place, while the windlass, capstan and rudder also lie among the wreckage.

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