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Schooner Typo

Lake Name: Lake Huron
Shipwreck Name: Typo

Vessel Type: Three-Masted Schooner
Location: Presque Isle, MI
Vessel Build Info: 1873, Wolfe & Davidson, Milwaukee (or Manitowoc)
Shipwreck Specs: 138 x 26 x 11, 336g 319n
Official Number: 24981
Names Other: none

Sinking Detail
She had many mishaps before the final sinking – running ashore, catching on fire, breaking a jib-boom, abandoned, recovered and repaired again, etc.  On her final voyage she was on a collision course with the freighter V.H. KETCHUM and assuming correctly she had the right of way she continued on her course, unfortunately the freighter V.H. Ketchum ran into her and sank her.  Even as the crew was attempting to escape on a life boat, the mast capsized and flipped the life boat over and some of the crew member did not make it back.  Owned by H. Henderson, Cleveland or J. P. Nagle, Toledo.
Rebuilt in 1873, major repairs in 1882 & 1884.  1884 repair was after a serious grounding on Amherst Island, Lake Ontario, Sep 26, 1883.”
Loss Date: 10/14/1899
Loss Place: off Presque Isle, MI
Loss Life: 4 or 9
Loss Reason: Collision
Vessel Cargo: Coal

Shipwreck Description
The Typo is a typical “canaler” built to fit the width and length of the Walland Canal at that time.  The three-masted schooner Typo built at Milwaukee in 1873, sank six miles east-southeast of Presque Isle light.  The wreck sits upright in 180 feet of water.  Her bow is completely intact with the anchors, rigging, bowsprit and part of the jib-boom still attached as if she could raise out of the seas and sail again.  The bow mast reaches up towards the surface and divers can follow her up to about 100ft, where they can observe the crows nest.  Below on the decks next to the windless is an old iron bell hanging ready to ring again.  The stern of the ship broke up upon impact and the pile of coal spilled all over the lake bottom.  Divers pay respect while swimming around the stern as one of the crew remains rest there.  Divers can swim inside of the holds of the schooner to view a large center-board and observe the ship’s construction.

Dive Type: Technical
Depth Deck(ft): 163 ft
Depth Bottom(ft): 180 ft
Depth Deck(m): 50 m
Depth Bottom(m): 55 m

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