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William Maxwell
Fish Tug
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GPS Location: N45° 01.990’ W83° 11.493’
Depth: 12 Feet
Wreck Length: 67 Feet Beam: 8 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 43 Cargo: Fish
Built: 1883 by J.P. Smith at Chicago, Illinois
Wrecked: September 19, 1908
Description: When the fishing tug William Maxwell got too close to the reef extending from the southeast end of Thunder Bay Island it broke its propeller on the rocks and ran ashore. The tug broke apart and now only the stern deadwood, shaft and broken propeller remain on the reef.

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