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GPS Location: N44°59.480'   W83°02.229'
Depth: 188 Feet
Wreck Length: 232 Feet Beam: 33 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 983 Cargo: Pickled Herring
Built: 1904 by Stavanger, Stoberi and Dok at Stavanger, Norway
Wrecked: October 31,1935
Description: Despite improved charts, navigational aids, designated shipping lanes, radio telephones, and eventually radar, big ships still go down in the Great Lakes. Such was the case when the Norwegian ocean freighter Viator was rammed by the freighter Ormindale during a heavy fog northeast of Thunder Bay Island. Viator went to the bottom in deep water. The wreck sits upright on the lake bottom and is largely intact except for the collision damage.


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