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W.C. Franz

Bulk Freighter

GPS Location: N44°38.875' W82°54.392'
Depth: 230 Feet
Wreck Length: 346 Feet Beam: 48 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 3748 Cargo: Light
Built: 1901 by Detroit Shipbuilding Co at Wyandotte, Michigan
Wrecked: November 21, 1934

Historic image of the W.C. Franz.
Historic image of the W.C. Franz.

Description: Despite improved charts, navigational aids, designated shipping lanes, radio telephones, and eventually radar, big ships still go down in the Great Lakes. Such was the case when the freighter W.C. Franz was rammed by the freighter Edward E. Loomis during a heavy fog on Lake Huron. Franz went to the bottom with four crewmen. The wreck is largely intact except for the collision damage.


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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Forecast for the Alpena area


GPS Coordinates:
44.64792, -82.90653
Phone: 989.356.8805
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