|Florida at Chicago in 1890,|
GPS Location: N45° 17.781' W83° 17.011'
Depth: 206 Feet
Wreck Length: 270 Feet Beam: 40 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 2103 Cargo: Package Freight
Built: 1889 by Robert Mills in Buffalo, New York
Wrecked: May 21, 1897
|Diver on bow of Florida near davit.|
Description: During a dense fog the steamer Florida was sunk by collision with the steamer George W. Roby off Middle Island. The ship went down in deep water and was nearly cut in half by the collision. Florida sits upright on the lake bottom and still contains much of its package freight.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Enjoy diving the wrecks of Thunder Bay, but always respect the past. State and federal laws prohibit removing or disturbing artifacts. Future generations are depending on us to leave historic shipwrecks intact. Please take only pictures and leave only bubbles.
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary maintains seasonal moorings at many shipwreck sites. Available from May to September, the moorings make for safer diving and also protect shipwrecks from anchor damage. Sanctuary regulations require vessels to use moorings when present.