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John T. Johnson
Wooden Schooner Barge
Historic Research Collection

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GPS Location: N45°01.299' W83°15.721'
Depth: 7 Feet
Wreck Length: 171 Feet Beam: 31 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 448 Cargo: Lumber
Launched: 1873 by John Squires in Huron, Ohio
Wrecked: November 29, 1904
Description: During a blinding snowstorm the propeller B.W. Blanchard, towing the Johnson and the schooner John Kilderhouse, were driven ashore at North Point Reef. The Blanchard was an immediate total loss, while several days of pounding in the surf eventually destroyed the Johnson. The Kilderhouse, last to hit the reef, was finally recovered. The wreck is very near shore in shallow water and largely covered in sand and cobbles. It consists of bottom structure with a pocket piece for the centerboard trunk. Portions of the sides with hull and ceiling planking are buried nearby.

John T. Johnson

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