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W.H. Gilbert
Bulk Freighter
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GPS Location : N44°50.195' W82°58.722'
Depth: 255 Feet
Wreck Length: 328 Feet Beam: 42 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 2820 Cargo: Unknown
Launched: 1892 by Wheeler, F.W. & Company in West Bay City, Michigan
Wrecked: May 22, 1914
Description: Bound up with a cargo of coal for Green Bay, W.H. Gilbert was nearly cut in two and sunk by the steamer Caldera during a dense fog south of Thunder. The wreck is largely intact though heavily damaged at the point of collision. The mizzen mast remains upright, though the smokestack was toppled and crushed during impact. The deck is equipped with davits and blocks, wire rigging, winches, bollards and cargo hatches. The bow is largely covered in clay but the forecastle portholes remain in place, and a metal anchor davit with shackle and the folding stock of an anchor are located forward of the stem.

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W.H. Gilbert
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