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GPS Location: TBA
Depth: 310 Feet
Wreck Length: 434 Feet Beam: 50 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 4744 Cargo: Coal
Launched: 1902 by West Bay City Shipbuilding Company in West Bay City, Michigan
Wrecked: June 18, 1905
Description: Etruria was upbound from Toledo to Lake Superior with a load of coal when it collided with the downbound freighter Amasa Stone. Etruria reportedly sank within minutes but, miraculously, all crewmen were rescued by the nearby Maritana. At the time of its construction, Etruria was a state-of-the-art steel laker that ran between Lake Superior and Lake Erie, primarily carrying iron ore downbound, and coal upbound. Its wreck site was discovered by five Saginaw high school students working with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary during Project Shiphunt.





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