Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) Shipwreck: Monohansett

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The following on the shipwreck Monohansett is from the NOAA website for Thunder Bay Sanctuary.

GPS Location: N45° 01.996’ W83° 11.988’

Depth: 18 Feet

Wreck Length: 160 Feet Beam: 30 Feet

Gross Tonnage: 572 Cargo: Coal

Launched: 1872 by Linn and Craig at Gibraltar, Michigan

Wrecked: November 23, 1907

Description: Built as the double-decked bulk freighter Ira H. Owen, the ship was rechristened Monohansett in 1882. Ten years later, it was rebuilt as a single-decked lumber carrier. On November 23, 1907, the ship burned to the water's edge at Thunder Bay Island. Most of the crew lost their personal belongings and some suffered minor burns, but there was no loss of life because the ship was near the island’s Life Saving Station. Today, the Monohansett’s wreck lies in three sections. The stern portion has hull features, propeller, and shaft all in place, and the boiler is nearby.


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