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Alvin Buckingham
Wooden Two-Masted Schooner
Historic Research Collection

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GPS Location: N44°50.459' W83°17.123'
Depth: 8 Feet
Wreck Length: 124.5 Feet Beam: 25 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 286 Cargo: Iron Ore
Launched: 1853 by Alanson Gilmore in Perrysburg, Ohio
Wrecked: October 19, 1870
Description: The Buckingham was heading southbound when it sprang a leak off Black River. The crew ran the ship to shore where it grounded and filled becoming a total loss. The lower hull is largely intact from stem to stern and outboard to the turn of the bilge. A keelson structure with centerboard pocket piece rises above the cargo of specula magnetite. A disarticulated partial side is located to the northwest of the bilge.

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