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Luxury Yacht Gunilda

Lake Name: Lake Superior
Shipwreck Name: Gunilda
Gunilda

Vessel Type: Luxury Yacht
Location: Rossport, Canada
Vessel Build Info: 1897, Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland
Shipwreck Specs: 195ft x 24ft
Official Number: None
Names Other: None

Sinking Detail
At the time of her demise the Gunilda was owned by an affluent New Yorker by the name of William L. Harkness. The great lakes are not known for their forgiving nature and all to often frugal or ill-informed decisions result in disaster. Harkness chose not hire a local pilot to guide his ship through the various islands and shoals of this part of the lake. After hitting some rocks, all the prestigious passengers where safely brought to shore, leaving their personal belongings in their respective rooms. Harkness refused to pay for a second Tug and the Gunilda sank at the base of the pinnacle, in 280 feet (85 meters) of water. The date : August 11th 1911.
Loss Date: 8/11/1911
Loss Place: McGarvey Shoal, near Rossport, Ont.
Loss Life: None
Loss Reason: Navigational error
Vessel Cargo: Luxury appointments

Shipwreck Description
Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Scotland, built the Gunilda in Leith, in 1897 according to the plans of designers Cox & King. Her overall length was 195 feet (59.4 meters), her breadth was 24 feet, 7 inches (6.25 meters) and she had a draft of 12 feet, six inches (3.8 meters) with a gross of 385 tonnes. The Gunilda was powered by a triple expansion 27-inch (68.6 centimeters) stroke steam engine fuelled by two 160 pound pressure turbine boilers and could make 14 knots per hour.

Dive Type: Technical
Depth Deck(ft): 242 ft
Depth Bottom(ft): 263 ft
Depth Deck(m): 74 m
Depth Bottom(m): 80 m

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