Shipwrecks

Algoma at dock
Algoma at dock.

Major Shipwrecks

Algoma
(Passenger Steamer)
Background Data: 262 feet in length; built in 1813; sunk in 1885. Location: Southeast shore of Mott Island. Depth of Stern: Minimum 10 feet; maximum 100+ feet. Features: The ship broke in half, and parts of the stern are all that remain. Wreckage is widely scattered with no major sections intact. Bow section not yet located. Buoy on a sinker in 50 feet.

 
Divers swim over wreckage from the shipwreck, Cumberland
Divers swim over wreckage from the Cumberland.

Cumberland
(Passenger Steamer)
Background Data: 204 feet in length; built in 1871; sunk in 1877. Location: Near Rock of Ages Light. Depth: Minimum 20 feet; maximum 80 feet. Features: Large sections of wooden hull, side-wheel and boiler remain. Wreckage is intermingled with wooden remains of Chisholm hull. Buoy on a sinker in 35 feet.

 
Diver explores the Glenlyon.
Diver explores the Glenlyon.

Glenlyon
(Bulk Freighter)
Background Data: 328 feet in length; built in 1893; sunk in 1924. Location: Glenlyon Shoals off Menagerie Island in Siskiwit Bay. Depth: Minimum 15 feet; maximum 60 feet. Features: The wreck is scattered over the reef with a few large sections still intact. The drive shaft, propeller, engine, boilers, and some cabin wreckage offer easy exploring. Buoy attached to a piece of wreckage at 40 feet.

 
The wreck of the America.
The wreck of the America.

America
(Package Freighter)
Background data: 183 feet in length; built in 1898; sunk in 1928. Location: North Gap of Washington Harbor. Depth: Minimum 2 feet; maximum 80 feet. Features: The forward part of the superstructure has been removed by ice, wave action, and a past salvage operation. The midship and stern are intact, including engine room, galley, and numerous cabins. Watch out for silt entanglement, and visibility problems inside the America. Two point mooring with a buoy on a sinker in 20 feet and a marker buoy on the bow in 2 feet. The shipwreck America is closed for diving between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EDT,
to allow ferry passengers to view the wreck.

 
A diver inside the pilot house of the Chester Congdon.
A diver inside the pilot house of the Chester Congdon.

Chester Congdon
(Bulk Freighter)
Background Data: 532 feet in length; built in 1907; sunk in 1918. Location: Congdon Shoals on northeast end of Isle Royale. Depth: 60-200 feet on stern, 50-120- feet on bow, minimum 10 feet on reef. Features: Wreckage consists of intact pilot house and bow section on south side of reef and an intact stern on north side. Much scattered wreckage is found on the reef between these major sections. Buoy on bow, attached at stern in 65 feet.

 
A diver exploring the shipwreck, Emperor.
A diver exploring the Emperor.

Emperor
(Bulk Freighter)
Background Data: 525 feet in length; built in 1910; sunk in 1947. Location: North side of Canoe Rocks, on the northeast end of Isle Royale. Depth: Minimum 25 feet; maximum 175 feet. Features: The wreck is basically intact, with the bow area showing most damage. Stern area features an intact mast rudder/prop, engine room, and numerous cabins. Buoy on bow attached at stern in 25 feet; buoy on stern attached on deck at 100 feet.

 
A diver explores the prop of the shipwreck, George M. Cox.
A diver explores the prop of the George M. Cox.

George M. Cox
(Passenger Steamer)
Background Data: 259 feet in length; built in 1901; sunk in 1933. Location: Near Rock of Ages Light. Depth: Minimum 10 feet; maximum 100 feet. Features: Scattered wreckage, twisted steel plating, and exposed machinery and prop. Buoy attached to boiler in 45 feet.

 
A diver explores wreckage from the shipwreck, Henry Chisholm.
A diver explores wreckage from the Henry Chisholm.

Henry Chisholm
(Bulk Freighter)
Background Data: 265 feet in length; built in 1880; sunk in 1898. Location: Near Rock of Ages Lighthouse. Depth: Minimum 125 feet; maximum 150+ feet. Features: A large intact steam engine with drive shaft and prop dominate the scene. Buoy attached to engine at 125 feet. Large sections of wooden hull are scattered amongst the remains of Cumberland.

 
Remote operated vehicle photograph of the helm of the shipwreck, Kamloops.
Remote operated vehicle photograph of the helm of the Kamloops.

Kamloops
(Package Freighter)
Background Data: 250 feet in length; built in 1924; sunk in 1927. Location: Kamloops Point. Depth: Minimum 175 feet; maximum 260 feet. Features: Intact and undisturbed. Diving not advised because of extreme depth. Not buoyed.

 
Diver poses with bathtub from the shipwreck, Monarch.
Diver poses with bathtub from the Monarch.

Monarch
(Package Freighter)
Background Data: 240 feet long; built in 1890; sunk in 1906. Location: Palisade area on the north side of Blake Point. Depth: Minimum 10 feet; maximum 80+ feet. Features: Large sections of wooden wreckage scattered on the bottom. Noted for heavy construction. Buoy on a sinker in 65 feet.

Last updated: December 7, 2018

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