Two snorkellers swim above a wooden shipwreck
Snorkelers head towards the remains of the Racer shipwreck.

Vessel Type: Sail: brig

GPS Location: N45° 34.900’ W84° 08.919’

Depth: 11 Feet

Wreck Length: 130 feet

Beam: 28 feet

Gross Tonnage: 257

Cargo: Iron ore

Launched: 1856 by Benjamin B. Jones in Buffalo, New York

Wrecked: November 17, 1869

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Description: In 1869, a severe November storm drove the schooner Racer upon the rocks at Hammond Bay. Fully loaded with iron ore, Racer could not free itself and quickly broke apart. It eventually settled in 11 feet of water.

Today, the 130-foot vessel that could carry 260 tons of cargo is a stunning site, easily accessible to divers, snorkelers, and paddlers. Its lower bilge is intact from stem to stern. Keelsons, the centerboard pocket piece, mast steps, ceiling planking, and a portion of a built-in wooden arch are still in place. The lower hull (bilge), partly covered with iron ore, is an orientated bow towards shore. A large section of the port side remains beside the bilge and a section of the starboard side is several hundred feet north of the main wreckage.

Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive: http://greatlakeships.org/2895903/data?n=4

Wood from a shipwreck rests on the lakebed
The lower hull planking of the Racer shipwreck is easily visible to snorkelers and divers alike.
A snorkeller swims examines a wooden shipwreck
A snorkeler examines the lower hull planking of the Racer shipwreck