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John L. Shaw
Three-Masted Schooner
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GPS Location: N44° 37.000’ W83° 08.000’
Depth: 128 Feet
Wreck Length: 217 Feet Beam: 39 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 928 Cargo: Coal
Built: 1885 in West Bay City, MI
Wrecked: November 13, 1894
Description: Bound for Chicago in tow of the steam barge John F. Eddy, the schooner Shaw foundered in a blinding snowstorm off Harrisville and sank in 128 feet of water. The crew abandoned ship and drifted in the yawl for several hours before being rescued by a passing steamer. The wreck was located a few years later by a wrecking company though planned recovery never happened and the wreck was forgotten until July 2007 when local fisherman John Gauthier stumbled across the site while setting nets.

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