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Two-Masted Schooner
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GPS Location: N45°14.929’ W83°24.450’
Depth: 6 Feet
Wreck Length: 150 Feet Beam: 24 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 250 Cargo: Salt
Built: 1863 by Asa Wilcox at Pillar Point, New York
Wrecked: October 13, 1877
Description: When wooden schooners run aground they are often quickly torn apart by waves, currents and ice flow. Such is the case of the Portland lost at Besser Bell. The bilge and starboard side rest in shallow water, while the stern and portions of the portside are located in a pond now separated from Lake Huron by a buildup of sand and rock.


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