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Bay City
Wooden Two-Masted Schooner Barge
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GPS Location: N45° 03.369’ W83° 25.605’
Depth: 11 Feet
Wreck Length: 146 Feet Beam: 29 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 306 Cargo: None
Launched: 1857 by Augustus Tripp at Saginaw, Michigan
Wrecked: November 29, 1902
Description: Originally brig-rigged, the Bay City was cut down to a schooner barge after it burned at Detroit, Michigan in 1869.  No stranger to the dangers of the Great Lakes, Bay City was over the years beached, dismasted, burned, had its stern washed away, and was repaired many times over.  The schooner was finally abandoned after a gale drove it, against the piers at Alpena. No longer worth repairing, it was abandoned in place. 

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