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Empire State
Wooden Two-Masted Brigantine
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GPS Location: N45°00.853' W83°15.377'
Depth: 12 Feet
Wreck Length: 136 Feet Beam: 25 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 318 Cargo: Iron Ore
Launched: 1862 by Lewis Shickluna in St. Catharines, Ontario
Wrecked: November 8, 1877
Description: Heading south with a cargo of iron ore, Empire State ran into a ferocious gale off Thunder Bay that put the schooner ashore on North Point Reef. The schooner broke in two almost instantly and the crew was rescued by the Thunder Bay Island life saving. A large section of wreckage containing iron ore remains on the reef. The sides are separated and missing. A rudder and portions of the stern are located a few hundred yards west of the bilge.

 




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