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Steam Barge
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GPS Location : N45°24.613’ W83°45.983’
Depth: 194 Feet
Wreck Length: 136 Feet Beam: 29 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 288 Cargo: Cedar
Built: 1866 by E.M. Peck at Cleveland, Ohio
Wrecked: November 12, 1890
Description: When the steam barge Messenger caught fire at a dock in Rogers City it was cut free and allowed to drift out into the lake where it finally sank about 4 miles offshore. Its burnt hull sits upright on the lake bottom with rudder, engine and anchors still in place.



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