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Wooden Two-Masted Schooner Barge
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GPS Location: N45° 06.326’ W83° 13.077’
Depth: 30 Feet
Wreck Length: 173 Feet Beam: 39 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 604 Cargo: Coal
Launched: 1864 by C.W. Lent at Conneaut, Ohio
Wrecked: October 25, 1905
Description: The Ogarita was once a swift three-masted barkentine built for the competitive Lake Michigan grain trade of the 1860s.  Long since converted to a lowly towbarge, the ship suffered a disastrous fire in its coal cargo and went down North of Thunder Bay Island.  The crew all escaped safely.  The wreck's bow, keelson, and sidewalls have all survived, although the stern is missing. 



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