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Bay City

Wooden Two-Masted Schooner


Frame ends with interior ceiling planking.
Frame ends with interior ceiling planking.

GPS Location: N45° 03.369' W83° 25.605'
Depth: 11 Feet
Wreck Length: 146 Feet Beam: 29 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 306 Cargo: None
Launched: 1857 by Augustus Tripp at Saginaw, Michigan
Wrecked: November 29, 1902

Sternpost and hull planking.
Sternpost and hull planking.

Description: Originally brig-rigged, the Bay City was cut down to a schooner barge after it burned at Detroit, Michigan in 1869. No stranger to the dangers of the Great Lakes, Bay City was over the years beached, dismasted, burned, had its stern washed away, and was repaired many times over. The schooner was finally abandoned after a gale drove it, against the piers at Alpena. No longer worth repairing, it was abandoned in place.


Link to historical Information on this ship.


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.

Marine Forecast

Forecast for the Alpena area



GPS Coordinates:
45.05615, -83.42675
Phone: 989.356.8805
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