The 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.

Other Names:none
Official Number:none
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.
Loss Type:Collision
Date of Loss:1854, Oct 20
Place of Loss:halfway between Presque Isle and Thunder Bay Isl.
Vessel Cargo:Wheat
Lives Loss:none
References:Shipwreck File by Dave Swayze, Undersea Research Associates
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