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Name ISAAC M. SCOTT (follow link for full story and photo)
Official Number 206485
Date Built 1909 by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, OH Hull #369
Date Lost November 9, 1913
Type Steel propeller, bulk freight
Dimensions 504 x 54 x 30
Gross Tonnage 6372
Cargo Coal
Circumstances Foundered (probably capsized) in the Great Storm of 1913 with all 28 hands.
Depth 180 ft
Condition Discovered in 1976, upside down and half buried in mud.
Location 6-7 miles northeast of Thunder Bay Island. GPS: 45.03.018/83.02.332
Sources Bedford 2000; Hoagman 1999, NOAA 1999, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999.

Name SHAMROCK (formerly misidentified as P.H. BIRCKHEAD)
Official Number 46229
Date Built 1875 by Bower & Cash at St. Clair, MI
Date Lost June 26, 1905
Type Wooden propeller, passenger & package freight
Dimensions 146 x 30 x 11
Gross Tonnage 403
Cargo ?
Circumstances Caught fire and sank about 2/3 mile offshore, south of Alpena marina.
Depth 12 ft
Condition Badly broken. Boiler parts, propeller, shaft, and hull remain.
Location

GPS: 45.02.98 / 83.25.85

Lat/Lon: 45°01'/83°18' Loran C: 30908.2 / 48651.4

Sources Hoagman 1999, MSU 1975, NOAA 1999, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999, Thunder Bay Divers.

Name WILLIAM PETER THEW
Official Number 81024
Date Built 1884 by H.D. Root at Lorain, OH
Date Lost June 22, 1909
Type Wooden propeller, bulk freight
Dimensions 133 x 24 x 8
Gross Tonnage 403 (after being double-decked in 1888)
Cargo Light
Circumstances Collided with steamer WILLIAM LIVINGSTON in fog. LIVINGSTON drifted away, but the steamer MARY C. ELPHICKE answered the THEW's distress whistle and picked up lifeboat-borne crew. Sank approx. 1.8 mi from Thunder Bay Island Light.
Depth 80 ft
Condition Badly broken, with only boilers and engine upright. Anchor near bow, chain on deck.
Location GPS: 45.02.7553/83.09.198 Loran C: 30802.7 / 48679.6
Sources Hoagman 1999, MSU 1975, NOAA 1999, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999.

Name LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG
Official Number 14614
Date Built 1862 by Albert Little at Tonawanda, NY
Date Lost June 1, 1887
Type Wooden schooner
Dimensions 129 x 26 x 13
Gross Tonnage 302
Cargo Coal
Circumstances Collided with iron propeller LEHIGH in a thick fog. Bound for Chicago. Located 2 mi northeast of Thunder Bay Island.
Depth 70 ft
Condition Hull partially collapsed, centerboard standing. Coal cargo and anchor chain present. Part of decking nearby. Damaged by salvage effort.
Location

GPS: 45.03.2428 / 83.10.5966-port

45.04.065/83.08.435-starboard Loran C: 30807.3 / 48672.9

Sources Hoagman 1999, NOAA 1999, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999, Thunder Bay Divers 1999.

Name VIATOR
Official Number LFGH
Date Built 1904 at Bodo, Norway
Date Lost October 31, 1935
Type Steel propeller, package freight
Dimensions 241
Gross Tonnage 619
Cargo Pickled herring, fish products
Circumstances Collided in fog with steamer ORMIDALE and sank.
Depth 150 ft
Condition ?
Location

Off Thunder Bay Island. GPS: 44.59.4948 / 83.02.281-starboard

44.59.4938/83.02.1439-port

Sources Bedford 2000; Hoagman 1999, NOAA 1999, Swayze 1999.
Name VIENNA
Official Number C90558
Date Built 1871 by L. McDermont or G. Suffel at Point Burwell, Ontario
Date Lost October 27, 1906
Type Wooden 2-masted schooner
Dimensions 102 x 24 x 9
Gross Tonnage 166
Cargo Light
Circumstances Foundered in a gale 4-4.5 mi north-northeast of north end of Thunder Bay Island. Crew picked up by steel steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY just before VIENNA sank. Bound for Georgian Bay.
Depth 70 ft
Condition ?
Location Lat/Lon: 45° 04' 45" / 83° 08' 10"
Sources MSU 1975, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999.

Name D. M. WILSON
Official Number 6772
Date Built 1873 by S. Langell at St. Clair, MI
Date Lost October 27, 1894
Type Wooden propeller, bulk freight "steambarge"
Dimensions 179 x 33 x 12
Gross Tonnage 758
Cargo Coal
Circumstances Foundered approx. 2-2.75 mi north-northeast of north end of Thunder Bay Island. Crew rescued by freighter SYLVANUS J. MACY. Flotsam was strewn all the way to Tawas.
Depth 45 ft
Condition Broke up in another gale November 9, 1894, even though the wreckage was in 40 feet of water.
Location Lat/Long: 43° 03' 50" / 83° 10' 45"
Sources MSU 1975, Stonehouse 1992, Swayze 1999.

Name CORNELIA B. WINDIATE
Official Number 12537
Date Built 1873 or 4 by Thomas Windiate at Manitowoc, WI
Date Lost December 10, 1875
Type Wooden schooner
Dimensions ?
Gross Tonnage 322
Cargo Wheat
Circumstances Bound Mikwaukee for Buffalo, became trapped in ice, cut and sank. Not reported to have passed the Straits, so was thought for over 100 years to be in the Western Straits.
Depth 190 ft
Condition Discovered in 1987 in excellent condition.
Location Off Middle Island. No coordinates available.
Sources Bedford 2000; NOAA 1999, Swayze 1999.

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