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W.P. Rend
Wooden Bulk Freight Barge
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GPS Location: N45° 03.742’ W83° 23.555’
17 Feet
Wreck Length:
287 Feet Beam: 40 Feet
Gross Tonnage:
2323 Cargo: Stone
Launched: 1888 by James Davidson at West Bay City, Michigan
September 22, 1917
The William P. Rend was constructed as a bulk freighter and originally called the George G. Hadley.  It sank the “whaleback” steamer Thomas Wilson in a collision at Duluth, Minnesota in 1902 and was sufficiently damaged that she too sank in shallow water nearby.  She was afterwards recovered and rebuilt as a tow-barge and rechristened the William P. Rend.   In its last days, it was towed by the tug Harrison and engaged in the stone trade.  It foundered in Thunder Bay just outside of Alpena without the loss of any lives.  The wreck is almost entirely intact except for decking and deck beams; portions of the sides are just below the surface. 

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