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This wreck today is upright and quite intact, lying on an angle to portside, with salvage pontoons still strapped onto her sides. There are opportunities to penetrate the wreck below the deck for the trained and experienced divers.



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Other Names:none
Official Number:126556
Vessel Built:1889, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland
Vessel Specifications:290x41x13 2669g 1939n
Type of Vessel:Steel Freighter
Depth to Deck:75 ft (23m)
Depth to Bottom:102 ft (31m)
How it Sunk:Collided with wooden lumber hooker JOSEPH L. HURD(qv) in fog and narrow channel and sank. She had been bound Milwaukee for Buffalo. The crews of both vessels were rescued by the steamer MANOLA. A diver died trying to salvage her the next year, and Capt. Jim Reid's salvage company worked on her at great expense in 1899 & 1900, to no avail, though she was towed closer to shore while submerged. Some of the pontoons he used in an attempt to raise her are still attached to the wreck.
Loss Type:Collision
Date of Loss:1895, May 10
Place of Loss:SW of Grays Reef Light, near Skillagalee Shoals
Vessel Cargo:Oats and flour
Lives Loss:none
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze
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March 30, 2017

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