DefianceThe Defiance, loaded with grain, collided with the Audubon in 1855, causing the Defiance to sink. She has lain undisturbed for over 130 years with her jib boom resting precariously on the intact bowsprit. This time capsule of maritime history contains unique construction features not found on other vessels, including unusual bow construction and scrollwork, and a chain locker located in the stern.
|Vessel Built:||1848, Perrysburg, OH|
|Vessel Specifications:||115x26x10, 253 t. om|
|Type of Vessel:||Two-Masted Schooner|
|Depth to Deck:||170 ft (52m)|
|Depth to Bottom:||180 ft (55m)|
|How it Sunk:||Bound Chicago for Detroit and Buffalo, she was lost in a collision with the new, deep-laden brig JOHN J AUDUBON(qv) and sank within 15 minutes. The combined loss of the two vessels cost underwriters $60,000.
Out of Buffalo
The wreck was probably located in 1996.|
|Date of Loss:||1854, Oct 20|
|Place of Loss:||halfway between Presque Isle and Thunder Bay Isl.|
|References:||Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze, Undersea Research Associates|