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Listing of Indiana Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

The Car Ferry No. 2

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Car Ferry No. 2
Vessel Type Train Car Ferry
Date Built 1895
Where Built West Bay, MI
Size The ship measured 309.9 ft (94.5 m) in length by 44.2 ft (13.5 m) abeam with a draft of 12 ft (3.7 m) and weighed 1548 gross tons.
Usage Transport train cars across Lake Michigan and was part of the Lake Michigan (Railroad) Car Ferry Transportation Company fleet.
Date Sunk * September 29, 1906
Reason for Loss Capsized during a storm
Depth of Wreck 45 feet
Nearest City South Chicago, Illinois
Details Capsized after being released by the tugboat J.C. Ames. Three lives were lost.

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The F.W. Wheeler

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name F.W. Wheeler
Vessel Type Bulk Freighter
Date Built 1887
Where Built West Bay City, MI
Size The ship measured 265.5 feet in length by 40.5 feet abeam with a draft of 19.4 feet, and weighed 2300 gross tons.
Usage Cargo transport, industrial materials such as coal
Date Sunk * December 3, 1893
Reason for Loss Stranded during a winter storm
Depth of Wreck 15 feet
Nearest City Michigan City, Indiana
Details It was carrying a cargo of 2,100 tons of coal from Buffalo on its way to Chicago. Local lifesaving crew rescued all 16 sailors in two trips, but ship was a total loss.

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Wreck Photos/DrawingsThe F. W. Wheeler archaeological sketch map of circa 1985

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The George F. Williams

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name George F. Williams
Vessel Type Bulk Freighter
Date Built * July 24, 1889
Where Built West Bay City, Michigan
Size The ship measured 280 feet in length by 41.4 feet abeam with a draft of 21.3 feet, and weighed 1888 gross tons.
Usage Transport of commercial and industrial goods across Lake Michigan
Date Sunk * April 21, 1915
Reason for Loss Abandoned and sunk
Depth of Wreck 15 feet
Nearest City Whiting, Indiana
Details The vessel was abandoned in 1913 and was eventually towed offshore and sunk.

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Remaining metal gears north of rudder, taken from center.

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Horace A. Tuttle

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Horace A. Tuttle
Vessel Type Bulk Freighter
Date Built 1887
Where Built Unknown
Size The ship measured 250 feet in length by 38.7 feet abeam with a draft of 20 feet, and the ship weight is currently unknown.
Usage Transport of agricultural products such as corn
Date Sunk * October 26, 1898
Reason for Loss Stranded during a severe storm in a storm.
Depth of Wreck 24 feet
Nearest City Michigan City, Indiana
Details Following this shipwreck, rotten corn washed up on beach for many years. No lives were lost because all 14 crew members were rescued by the local lifesaving station.
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J.D. Marshall

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name J.D. Marshall
Vessel Type Cannaler
Date Built 1891
Where Built South Haven, MI
Size The ship measured 154.5 feet in length by 33.5 feet abeam with a draft of 12 feet, and weighed 531 gross tons.
Usage Transport of commercial and industrial goods, such as lumber. Later, the vessel was converted to a sand-sucker or sand barge.
Date Sunk * June 11, 1911
Reason for Loss Capsized in a storm.
Depth of Wreck 29 feet
Nearest City Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana
Details Four lives were lost when the vessel sunk. After capsizing, the vessel floated close to shore for several days before sinking. The company that owned the Muskegon used the insurance money from that loss to buy the J. D. Marshall.

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Boiler in the center part of the site, view southwest.July 20, 2011.Keelson in the very east part of the site, view southwest. July 20, 2011.Shovel artifact in the center part of the site, view southwest. July 20, 2011.
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The Material Service Barge

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Material Service
Vessel Type Self-unloading barge
Date Built 1929 by Leatham D. Smith for the Smith-Putnam Navigation Company
Where Built Sturgeon Bay, WI
Size The ship measured 239.7 feet in length by 40.1 feet abeam with a draft of 13.9 feet, and weighed 1077 gross tons, or 736 net tons
Usage Built specifically to transport sand and gravel from Lake Michigan to docks up the Chicago River
Date Sunk 1936
Reason for Loss Foundered during a storm
Depth of Wreck 35 feet
Nearest City South Chicago, Illinois
Details On the fateful last journey, the ship departed Lockport, Illinois, headed for South Chicago. Captain Charlie D. Brown commanded the vessel; he did not survive. Reportedly, a large wave washed over the ship, causing it to list sharply, before much of the crew could react and get free of their bunks. At the time of the disaster, the ship had a cargo of 2,500 tons of sand or gravel. It was owned by Material Service Company of Chicago; their loss was estimated at $500,000 in 1936.

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Wreck Photos/DrawingsSidescan image of Material Service Archaelogical Site, view west.
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The Muskegon

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name The Muskegon
(also known as the Peerless)
Vessel Type Package Freighter
Date Built 1872
Where Built Unknown
Size The ship measured 211 feet in length by 39.9 feet abeam with a draft of 12.5 feet, and weighed 1199 gross tons.
Usage First as a passenger-steamer ship called the Peerless and then as a transport for commercial goods.
Date Sunk * October 6, 1910
Reason for Loss Burned while at dock and then was towed out into lake Michigan where it was abandoned.
Depth of Wreck 32 feet
Nearest City Michigan City, Indiana
Details The vessel ran between Chicago and Duluth when it was a passenger ship. In 1908, the vessel was renamed the Muskegon and converted to a bulk freighter. Sometime later it was re-converted to a sandsucker. No lives were lost when the ship burned.

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Muskegon, July 19, 2011.

Wreck Photos/DrawingsHistoric picture of vessel at dock after being burned, view of vessel’s bow, 1911.Archaeological sidescan sketch map of shipwreck site, 2011.
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Unknown No. 3

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 3
Vessel Type Canaller
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built unknown at this time
Size Remaining portion of the main frame measured 83.4 feet in length by 34.6 feet abeam. It was estimated that this vessel would have been 160 to 200 feet long.
Usage Likely, bulk cargo, such as lumber
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck Shoreline, possibly buried as of 2011.
Nearest City Pines, Indiana
Details Only a portion of the main frame was identified in the 1980s

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Unknown No. 3 exposed with SAVE members conducting documentation, view northeast, circa 1984.
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Unknown No. 4

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No.4
Vessel Type Vessel is a small wooden vessel,
possibly a schooner or a canaller
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built Unknown
Size The remaining portion of the main frame measured 86 feet long by 18 to 20 feet abeam with a draft of 6 feet and an estimated weight of 2 gross tons
Usage Commercial or industrial transport
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck Shoreline to 5 feet deep
Nearest City Portage, Indiana
Details Referred to as the "Alpha" wreck in the 1990s
Picture(s) None
Wreck Photos/DrawingsUnknown No. 4 archaeological sketch map of shipwreck site, circa 1985, detail of bow section.

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Unknown No. 5

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 5
Vessel Type Work Barge
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built Unknown
Size 
Usage commercial or industrial transport
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck 4 feet
Nearest City Gary, Indiana
Details Incorporated with wreck Unknown No. 6 as one archaeological site. The vessel consists of three main structural parts and a large debris field.

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South end of east corner with timber frame and spike detail. View east, 2011
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Unknown No. 6

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 6
Vessel Type Work Barge
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built Unknown
Size Unknown
Usage Commercial or industrial transport
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck 10 feet
Nearest City Gary, Indiana
Details Incorporated with wreck Unknown No. 5 as one archaeological site

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Timbers and planking at center of site. View south. 2011.
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Unknown No. 7

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 7
Vessel Type Suggested bulk cargo wooden canaller
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built Unknown
Size Existing section of the bow measured 40 feet
Usage Unknown
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck 3 feet
Nearest City Pines, Indiana
Details Unknown
Picture(s) None
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Unknown No. 8

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 8
Vessel Type Suggested bulk cargo wooden canaller
Date Built unknown at this time (19th to 20th century)
Where Built Unknown
Size Section of the bow measured 13 feet long, suggested to have measured at least 100 ft
Usage Unknown
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck 3 feet
Nearest City Furnessville, Indiana
Details Unknown
Picture(s) None
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Unknown No. 9

Shipwreck Identifying FactorDescription
Wreck Name Unknown No. 9
Vessel Type Suggested bulk cargo wooden canaller
Date Built Unknown, circa 19th to 20th century
Where Built Unknown
Size Section of the bow measured 13 feet long, suggested to have measured at least 100 ft
Usage Unknown
Date Sunk Unknown
Reason for Loss Unknown
Depth of Wreck 3 feet
Nearest City Furnessville, Indiana
Details Unknown
Picture(s) None
Wreck Photos/Drawings None

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