Vessel Type: Motor: wooden bulk freighter
GPS Location : N44° W83°
Wreck Length: 232 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Gross Tonnage: 1429
Launched: 1873 by Quayle and Peck in Black River, Ohio
Wrecked: December 1, 1897
Mooring buoy: None
Description: The 232-foot wooden propeller bulk freighter Egyptian was lost when it caught fire and sank off Black River, near Harrisville, Michigan in 1897. The ship was a prototype bulk cargo carrier, a very early predecessor of the 1000-foot bulk freighters that now cruise the Great Lakes. Egyptian was equipped with the first fore-and-aft compound steam engine used on the Great Lakes.
Resting in 230 feet of water, the Egyptian was part of a 2010 NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research expedition called Cutting Edge Technology and the Hunt for Lake Huron's Lost Ships.
Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2900924/data?n=1