William H. Barnum

This shipwreck sits upright and is largely intact. Fascinating visuals include the boiler, steam engine, windlass and other machinery. The stern was destroyed when she was dynamited for the removal of her rudder. There are numerous opportunities for wreck penetration, particularly at the bow, for those trained and experienced in that type of diving.

Other Names:none
Official Number:80342
Vessel Built:1873, J.M. Jones, Detroit
Vessel Specifications:219x35x21 1212g 1059n
Type of Vessel:Wooden Steamer (Propeller)
Depth to Deck:58 ft (17m)
Depth to Bottom:75 ft (22m)
How it Sunk:Her hull was cut by floating ice and she sank. She was reportedly in poor condition at the time of her last trip and had been given insurance for only that single voyage. Tug CRUSADER tried to save her, but was only able to take her crew off before she went down.
Loss Type:Ice
Date of Loss:1894, Apr. 3
Place of Loss:ESE of Mackinaw City
Vessel Cargo:Corn
Lives Loss:none
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze
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