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GPS Location: N45° 17.781’ W83° 17.011’
Depth: 206 Feet
Wreck Length: 270 Feet Beam: 40 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 2103 Cargo: Package Freight, wheat
Built: 1889 by Robert Mills at Buffalo, New York
Wrecked: May 21, 1897
Description: During a dense fog the steamer Florida was sunk by collision with the steamer George W. Roby off Middle Island. The ship went down in deep water and was nearly cut in half by the collision. Florida sits upright on the lake bottom and still contains much of its package freight. The Florida was discovered by Ed Ellison.





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