Divers Find 100 Year Old Steamer Wreck

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:28 pm

Using the Two-Hearted Lifesaving Station as a reference point ... From The Soo Evening News ...

http://www.sooeveningnews.com/articles/ ... ews830.txt
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:19 pm

Great story, I'm hooked :wink:
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:26 pm

Be interesting to know the name of the schooner they were looking for.
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Postby Hersh » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:30 pm

I read about this on Boatnerd the other day. I love shipwreck stories, just something interesting about them.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:23 pm

Dave Swayze's online shipwreck database (an awesome resource for researching Great Lakes shipwrecks) lists seven vessels going down off or near Deer Park. However, only three of them were schooners, as follows:

Annie Sherwood, a 184’ schooner went down off Deer Park on October 14, 1893. Bound for Chicago in tow of steamer White & Friant, she broke away and began to founder south of Caribou Isl. The crew abandoned ship in her yawl and were picked up by steamer SITKA. The wreck washed ashore near Deer Park. Lost men died of exposure in a freezing gale.

Zach Chandler, a 194’ schooner barge went down 3 miles east of Deer Park on October 29, 1892. She was downbound from Ashland, WI, in tow of steamer JOHN MITCHELL when she became separated by a northerly gale. She was overwhelmed and broke up on shore in about 15 minutes. Five crewmen made it to shore in the lifeboat. The lifesaving crew from Deer Park saved the other two.

Atlanta, a 172’ schooner went down in 80 feet of water 20 miles off Deer Park on May 4, 1891. Upbound in tow of steamer S.S. WILHELM, she broke her towline and went to pieces an hour later. 7 crewmembers abandoned her in a lifeboat, but 5 of them were lost when it capsized near shore.

Since Annie Sherwood and Zach Chandler were both listed as going ashore, it MIGHT be that the folks from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society were looking for the Atlanta when they came across the Cypus.

Since Cyprus was listed as going down 19 miles off Deer Park, her wreck could have easily been in the vicinity of the wreck of the Atlanta, which was reported to have gone down 20 miles off Deer Park.

Just conjecture, but fun to think about!

By the way, for anyone not yet famiar with it, the Swayze shipwreck database can be found at http://www.baillod.com/shipwreck/swayze/
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