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Marine City
Paddle Wheeler
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GPS Location: N44°46.237’ W83°17.366’
Depth: 5 Feet
Wreck Length: 192 Feet Beam: 28 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 695 Cargo: Shingles, Fish and Passengers
Built: 1866 by P.L. and Arnold Lester at Marine City, Michigan
Wrecked: August 29, 1880
Description: The paddle wheeler Marine City burned with great loss of life while southbound off Sturgeon Point. Its charred remains including boiler fragments, lower hull structure, and some machinery are located in very shallow water not far from shore about 1 mile north of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.

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