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Known Shipwrecks


Official Number 62866
Date Built 1883 by D. Lester at Marine City, MI
Date Lost November 17, 1911
Type Wooden 2-masted schooner-barge, bulk freight (built as 3-masted schooner)
Dimensions 165 x 30 x 11
Gross Tonnage 435
Cargo Coal
Circumstances In tow of steamer ISABELLA J. BOYCE, swamped and sank in a storm. Located 3.5 miles east of 9 Mile Point.
Depth 40 ft
Condition ?
Location Lat/Lon: 45° 08' 50" / 83° 14' 40"
Sources MSU 1975.
Official Number ?
Date Built ?
Date Lost ?
Type Barge
Dimensions 68
Gross Tonnage ?
Cargo ?
Circumstances Used on salvage of GRECIAN and sank alongside that vessel.
Depth 105 ft
Condition Intact; wheelhouse present.
Location GPS: 44.58.5673/ 83.13.1505-starboard Loran C: 30839.5 / 48707.5
Sources Bedford 2000; Thunder Bay Divers 1999.
Official Number ?
Date Built ?
Date Lost ?
Type Wooden schooner-barge
Gross Tonnage ?
Cargo ?
Circumstances Fire. Inside Thunder Bay close to North Point, about 1 mile from shore. On NOAA charts according to MSU.
Depth 50 ft
Condition Unknown

Burnt to water line; prop, 2 life boats, and boiler on board.


Sources Bedford 2000; MSU 1975.
Official Number ?
Date Built ?
Date Lost ?
Type Wooden schooner-barge
Dimensions 148
Gross Tonnage ?
Cargo ?
Circumstances Located 600 feet east of marina and breakwall.
Depth 14 ft
Condition Large keelson and stern port.
Location GPS: 45.03.27 / 83.25.38 Loran C: 30904.5 / 48649.7
Sources Bedford 2000; Thunder Bay Divers 1999.

Sources and Notes

Bedford, Thaddius. 2000. Personal communication.

Hoagman, Walter. 1999. Full List of Thunder Bay Shipwrecks. Michigan Sea Grant. This information is not yet available online. It will eventually be linked to the Michigan Sea Grant website.

Lewis, William. 1999. Personal communication.

McConnell, John. 1999. Personal communication.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 1999. Proposed Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Final Environmental Impact Statement / Management Plan (pdf) .

Thunder Bay Divers. 1999. Shipwreck Sites. A list of the shipwrecks in Thunder Bay that are marked with mooring buoys. Brochure also available from the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (1-800-4-ALPENA).

Stonehouse, Frederick. 1992. A Short Guide to the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve, Alpena. One of the only published resources specific to Thunder Bay. Includes detailed stories, as well as a listing of many wrecks that have yet to be located. Includes primary and secondary source citations.

Swayze, David. 1999. The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Total Losses of Great Lakes Ships, 1679 -1998. The most comprehensive listing of Great Lakes shipwrecks on the Internet or in print. Utilizes an extensive code system to identify sources.

Warner, Thomas D. and Donald F. Holecek. 1975. The Thunder Bay Shipwreck Survey Study Report. Department of Park and Recreation Resources, Michigan State University. Cited as MSU 1975 in the list above.

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