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Scanlon's Barge

Wooden Derrick Barge


Auxilliary boiler and windlass drums.
Auxilliary boiler and windlass drums.

GPS Location : N45° 02.091' W83° 19.595'
Depth: 13 Feet
Wreck Length: 80 Feet Beam: 33 Feet
Gross Tonnage: Unknown Cargo: Dredging Equipment
Launched: Unknown
Wrecked: circa 1929

Derrick boom.
Derrick boom.

Description: This work vessel was clearly built for marine contracting work like dredging, breakwaters and dock construction. The barge foundered approximately two miles West of the Southeast tip of North Point, about a half-mile from shore. Nothing is known of the identity of the vessel or the circumstances of its loss. This fascinating wreck is broken into three pieces, with the large steel crane, steam boiler, deck winches, and anchor all lying in the debris. 


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:
45.03485, -83.32658
Phone: 989.356.8805
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