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GPS Location : N44°48.903' W83°16.955'
Depth: 7 Feet
Wreck Length: 140 Feet Beam: 31 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 394 Cargo: Chain
Launched: 1892 by Carpenter Brothers in Sebewaing, Michigan
Wrecked: October 7, 1896
Description: The steamer Loretta caught fire while lying at a dock and was finally towed into the lake where it burned to the water’s edge. The wreck’s stern is largely complete and features deadwood, shaft log, propeller shaft, skeg, and broken machinery. The wooden keelson is encased in iron to protect it during bulk loading and unloading, and to increase the ship’s longitudinal strength. The bow and all structure above the waterline are missing.


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