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Newell A. Eddy
Schooner Barge
Historic Research Collection

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GPS Location: N45° 46.885’ W84° 13.817’
Depth: 168 Feet
Wreck Length: 242 Feet Beam: 40 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 1270 Cargo: Wheat
Launched: 1890 by Frank W. Wheeler & Co. in West Bay City, Michigan
Wrecked: April 22, 1893
Description: Newell A. Eddy was a large three-masted schooner barge typically towed by steamer Charles A. Eddy in an arrangement referred to as the consort system. The pair worked across the lakes in the grain trade. On an early season trip in 1893, Newell A. Eddy broke free from its consort during a strong storm as they rounded the Straits of Mackinac bound for Buffalo with a grain cargo. Unpowered and fully laden, Newell A. Eddy was swallowed by the storm with all hands off Cheboygan. Discovered in 1992 with masts still standing and its hull completely intact, the remains of Newell A. Eddy is a popular technical dive site in the northern boundaries of the sanctuary.



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