Broken Propeller and stern of fish tug
Broken Propeller and stern of fish tug

GPS Location: N45° 01.990' W83° 11.493'
Depth: 12 Feet
Wreck Length: 67 Feet Beam: 17 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 43 Cargo: Fish
Built: 1883 in Chicago, Illinois
Wrecked: September 19, 1908


Description: When the fishing tug William Maxwell got too close to the reef extending from the southeast end of Thunder Bay Island it broke its propeller on the rocks and ran ashore. The tug broke apart and now only the stern deadwood, shaft and broken propeller remain on the reef.


Maxwell Site Plan
Maxwell Site Plan

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


Things To Do

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling