City of Alpena
Vessel Type: Motor: Tug
GPS Location: N44°47.268' W83°17.664'
Depth: 9 Feet
Wreck Length: 71.5 Feet
Beam: 17 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 76
Launched: 1874 in New Jerusalem, Ohio
Wrecked: August 9, 1880
Description: In August 1880, the steam-powered tugboat City of Alpena caught fire just off shore and burned to the waterline. The crew escaped the burning tug using a lifeboat. Owner George L. Colwell of Harrisville surrendered the ship’s enrollment that September, and salvors recovered the engine and boiler in November.
The City of Alpena lies upside down so only the outer hull is exposed. The keel is intact from stem to stern, and most of the hull strakes remain in place. A four-bladed cast-iron propeller, shaft and bearing are visible through the missing hull planks. Additional wreckage is strewn about the shallow reef.
Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2907344/data?n=2
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