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Oscar T. Flint

Wooden Steam Barge


Flint in winter quarters.
Flint in winter quarters.

GPS Location: N45° 01.568' W83° 20.843'
Depth: 30 Feet
Wreck Length: 218 Feet Beam: 37 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 824 Cargo: Limestone, 500 barrels of salt
Launched: 1889 by Simon Langell at St. Clair, Michigan
Wrecked: November 25, 1909
Description: The Oscar T. Flint caught fire just after leaving Alpena, burned to the waterline, becoming a total loss about 4 miles east of the Thunder Bay River. Except for the bow, much of the ship's hull is still intact, along with much of the limestone cargo. The Flint's boiler was dynamited and the propeller lies buried beneath the stern post. The anchors and windlass seen at the bow were reportedly brought there from the wreck of the schooner Lucinda Van Valkenburg.


Wooden anchor stock at bow.
Wooden anchor stock at bow.

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.

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GPS Coordinates:
45.02613, -83.34738
Phone: 989.356.8805
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