Event: Burned and sank, November 6, 1910
Ship: 238 foot, 1,108 net ton wooden Canadian steamer
Location: 150 yards northeast of the Harbor Haus Restaurant
Coordinates: 47 28.25N 87 59.94 W (May have buoy)
Depth: 25-35 feet
Visible Remains: Piles of clay pipe and refractory bricks, farm machinery, rolls of barbed wire, timbers and steel structure, a rusted life boat, a large wooded hul section, and miscellaneous machinery. The surrounding harbor area is littered with bottles, crockery and other relics.
Story: Captain W. A. Glass brought the steamer into the shelter of Copper Harbor to avoid the heavy seas off the Keweenaw on November 6, 1910. While at anchor, a fire broke out in the Number One hold which quickly engulfed the entire ship. The crew escaped in lifeboats. Much of the cargo was immediately salvaged from the protected waters of Copper harbor. This wooden ship was valued at about $20,000, but the cargo losses were much higher.
Reprinted with permission from "An Underwater Guide to Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula" by Mark and Kathy Roberts, P.O. Box 332, Houghton, MI 49931
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