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W.P. Thew
Wooden Steam Barge
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GPS Location: N45° 02.705’ W83° 09.205’
Depth: 84 Feet
Wreck Length: 132 Feet Beam: 24 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 206 Cargo: None
Launched: 1884 by H.D. Root at Lorain, Ohio
Wrecked: June 22, 1909
Description: The W. P. Thew was one of about 700 19th-century Great Lakes steamers designed to carry forest products like logs, lumber, railroad ties, or shingles.  After a 25-year career, Thew was lost in a "hit and run" accident.  Just off Thunder Bay Island, the ship was struck in a fog by the 545-foot freighter William Livingston and sent to the bottom.  The Livingston didn't stop after the collision.  Although the Thew sank quickly, no lives were lost.  Today its remains lie splayed out on the bottom with all of the machinery and deck equipment displayed at the site. 

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