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American Union
3-Masted Schooner
Historic Research Collection

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GPS Location: N45°21.412’ W83°35.368’
Depth: 10 Feet
Wreck Length: 185 Feet Beam: 25 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 543 Cargo: Unknown
Built: 1862 by Ira Lafrinier at Cleveland, Ohio
Wrecked: May 6, 1894
Description: Larger than the typical schooner of its time, American Union’s deep draft got it in trouble more than once. When rounding Presque Isle in a heavy sea the ship ran up on the rocks at Thompson’s Harbor and quickly broke apart. Its remains are now scattered and flattened on the lake bottom but are easily viewable to kayakers and snorkelers.

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