Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) Shipwreck: Grecian

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The following is from the NOAA Thunder Bay Sanctuary website:

GPS Location: N44° 58.109’ W83° 12.057’

Depth: 100 Feet (Stern Deck at 75 Feet)

Wreck Length: 296 Feet Beam: 40 Feet

Gross Tonnage: 2348 Cargo: None

Launched: 1891 by Globe Iron Works at Cleveland, Ohio

Wrecked: June 15, 1906

Description: On June 7, 1906 the Grecian struck a rock and sank in shallow water at Detour Village in the St. Mary’s River. The ship was later refloated and taken in tow by the steamer Sir Henry Bessemer, in route to Detroit for repairs. Unexpectedly, it filled with water and sank near Thunder Bay Island. Its crew escaped in lifeboats. Today the Grecian’s bow and stern lie intact, while the midships portion has collapsed. The engine, boiler, portions of the propeller and deck machinery are all in place. There is also a steel canalon (salvage lifting device) lying off the vessel’s stern from a 1909 salvage attempt.


Video: Tim Parsell / Alpena Community College / Grand Valley State University

Music: "Unwritten Return" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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