Vessel Type: Sail: wooden three-masted schooner
GPS Location: N44°48.589' W83°16.650'
Depth: 12 feet
Wreck Length: 157 feet
Beam: 26 feet
Gross Tonnage: 418
Launched: 1872 by James M. Jones in Detroit, Michigan
Wrecked: November 29, 1903
Description: The schooner Ishpeming took its name from the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) word meaning “the high sacred place.” Bound for Alpena with coal for a cement company, the schooner ran aground on a reef off Black River near Harrisville, Michigan. Several tugs tried to pull it off, but they could not get near enough due to the shallow water. The schooner was stripped of its sails and rigging.
Today, Ishpeming's lower hull is preserved on the lake bottom. Divers, snorkelers, and paddlers can explore the large centerboard trunk and the ship's mast steps.
Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2900659/data?n=3
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