At a depth of 230 feet the Comet presents a serious challenge to any diver. Extraordinary skill is required to perform meaningful tasks at this depth. Further, the Comet presents a hazardous tangle of broken timbers and cables at its resting place in Whitefish Bay.

Other Names:none
Official Number:5683
Vessel Built:1857, Peck & Masters, Cleveland
Vessel Specifications:181x29x13, 744 t.
Type of Vessel:Wood propeller steamer tug
Depth to Deck:210 ft (64m)
Depth to Bottom:230 ft (70m)
How it Sunk:While trying to pass the Beatty Line steamer MANITOBA on a foggy night, signals were misunderstood and COMET veered into the path of MANITOBA and was rammed on the port side about 25 feet aft of the stem, cutting her nearly in two. She sank in 5 minutes or less and lies in 300 feet of water. Owned by Hanna Co. of Cleveland. Bound Marquette for Cleveland.
Loss Type:Collision
Date of Loss:1875, Aug 26
Place of Loss:7 mi SE of Whitefish Pt., Whitefish Bay
Vessel Cargo:Ores and pig iron,sacks of wool
Lives Loss:11 of 21
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze, Shipwreck Museum
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