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Steam Barge W.P. Thew

Lake Name: Lake Huron
Shipwreck Name: W.P. Thew
W.P. Thew

Vessel Type: Wooden Steam Barge
Location: Thunder Bay, MI
Vessel Build Info: 1884 by H.D. Root at Lorain, Ohio
Shipwreck Specs: 132ft x 24ft, 206tn
Official Number:
Names Other: None

Sinking Detail
The W. P. Thew was one of about 700 19th-century Great Lakes steamers designed to carry forest products like logs, lumber, railroad ties, or shingles. After a 25-year career, Thew was lost in a “hit and run” accident. Just off Thunder Bay Island, the ship was struck in a fog by the 545-foot freighter William Livingston and sent to the bottom. The Livingston didn’t stop after the collision. Although the Thew sank quickly, no lives were lost.
Loss Date: 6/22/1909
Loss Place: off Thunder Bay Island
Loss Life: None
Loss Reason: Collision
Vessel Cargo:

Shipwreck Description
Today its remains lie splayed out on the bottom with all of the machinery and deck equipment displayed at the site.
Dive Type: Recreational
Depth Deck(ft): 80 ft
Depth Bottom(ft): 84 ft
Depth Deck(m): 24 m
Depth Bottom(m): 25 m


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