Vessel Type: Sail: wooden three-masted schooner barge
GPS Location: N45° 03.287’ W83° 25.603’
Depth: 15 feet
Wreck Length: 162 feet
Beam: 33 feet
Gross Tonnage: 496
Launched: 1866 by Little at Toledo, Ohio
Wrecked: November 24, 1905
Description: Harvey Bissell went through many changes during the four decades that it sailed the Great Lakes. Originally rigged as a barkentine, it was made into a three-masted schooner in 1874, and later cut down to a two-masted barge to be towed behind another ship. Like many of its contemporaries, the ship suffered a number of accidents during its long career.
In late November 1905, Harvey Bissel sank off Middle Island when it sprang a leak while carrying lumber. The ship was towed to Alpena where it sank at the dock and was abandoned.
Today, Harvey Bissell rests just 1,000 feet from shore in less than 15 feet of water. While Lake Huron’s wind and waves have splayed open the wreck, plenty remains for divers, kayakers, and paddlers to explore.
Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2894428/data?n=1