D.M. Wilson

The broken bow of D.M. Wilson
The broken bow of D.M. Wilson; a scuba diver swims behind the windlass.

Vessel Type: Motor: wooden bulk freighter

GPS Location: N45° 03.920' W83° 10.928'

Depth: 40 feet

Wreck Length: 179 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Gross Tonnage: 758

Cargo: Coal

Launched: 1873 by Simon Langell at St. Clair, Michigan

Wrecked: October 27, 1894

Mooring buoy: Number 31 on map

Description: D.M. Wilson was headed for Milwaukee with a load of coal when it sprang a leak and began sinking. The steamers Hudson and Samuel Mitchell took it in tow, but it foundered in 40 feet of water two miles north of Thunder Bay Island. The crew was rescued by a fourth ship.

D.M. Wilson was broken up by a gale ten days later and debris was driven as far south as Tawas. Much of the machinery was later salvaged. Most of D.M. Wilson's hull remains intact today, including a large windlass that rests on the bow.

Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2895224/data?n=1

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A scuba diver hovers over the wreckage of d.m. wilson
A scuba diver hovers over the wreckage of D.M. Wilson.
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View below decks of the sunken D.M. Wilson.
Side scan sonar of the sunken freighter d.m. wilson
Side scan sonar shows of the sunken freighter D.M. Wilson.
Archaeological site plan drawing of the shipwreck D.M. Wilson
Archaeological site plan of the shipwreck D.M. Wilson.