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
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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