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Freighter Cayuga

Lake Name: Lake Michigan
Shipwreck Name: Cayuga

Vessel Type: Steel Freighter
Location: Beaver Island, MI
Vessel Build Info: 1889, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland
Shipwreck Specs: 290x41x13 2669g 1939n
Official Number: 126556
Names Other: none

Sinking Detail
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 Date: 5/10/1895
Loss Place: SW of Grays Reef Light, near Skillagalee Shoals
Loss Life: none
Loss Reason: Collision
Vessel Cargo: Oats and flour

Shipwreck Description
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.
Dive Type: Recreational
Depth Deck(ft): 75 ft
Depth Bottom(ft): 102 ft
Depth Deck(m): 23 m
Depth Bottom(m): 31 m


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