Event: Burned at anchor in Bete Grise on October 23, 1910
Ship: 280 foot wooden steamer
Location: Bete Grise, Michigan
Coordinates: 47 22.29N 87 55.57 W (Buoy on engine, white stern line)
Depth: 85 feet to the top of the engines, 105 feet along the keel
Visible Remains: The bottom half of the hull is intact with the engine, boilers, drive shaft, propeller, rudder, anchors and miscellaneous machinery all visible
Story: Captain J. H. Sinclair was headed for Port Huron loaded with coal and had been battling a storm when he anchored in Bete Grise to avoid the sever weather. He had planned to wait out the storm when a fire broke out and the flames kept the crew from the anchor. The crew manned the yawl boats and all 17 crew members made it safely to shore where they watched The Langham burn to the water's line and sink.
Reprinted with permission from "An Underwater Guide to Lake Superior's Keweenaw Penninsula" by Mark and Kathy Roberts, P.O. Box 332, Houghton, MI 49931
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