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Marine City

Paddle Wheeler


Paddle wheel steamboat.
Paddle wheel steamboat.

GPS Location: N44°46.237' W83°17.366'
Depth: 5 Feet
Wreck Length: 192 Feet Beam: 28 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 695 Cargo: Shingles, Fish
Built: 1866 by P.L. and Arnold Lester at Marine City, Michigan
Wrecked: August 29, 1880

Partially burned rudder at Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.
Partially burned rudder at Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.

Description: The paddle wheeler Marine City burned with great loss of life while southbound off Sturgeon Point. Its charred remains including boiler fragments, lower hull structure, and some machinery are located in very shallow water not far from shore about 1 mile north of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.


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:
44.77062, -83.28943
Phone: 989.356.8805
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