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Joseph S. Fay
Bulk Freighter
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GPS Location: N45°29.317’ W83° 54.600’
Depth: 17 Feet
Wreck Length: 216 Feet Beam: 34 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 1221 Cargo: Iron Ore
Built: 1871 by Quayle and Martin at Cleveland, Ohio
Wrecked: October 19, 1905
Description: With the D.P. Rhodes in tow, the giant bulk freighter Joseph S. Fay encountered a strong gale in northern Lake Huron. Fay hit the rocks at 40 Mile Point, the towline parted and the Rhodes met a similar fate at Cheboygan. The Fay broke apart quickly and its lower hull still containing a load of iron ore sits in shallow water not far from shore, while a large portion of the starboard side is located on the beach just up the shore from the lighthouse.

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Joseph S. Fay

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