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Kyle Spangler

Wooden Two-Masted Schooner


Archeological documentation of the deck and its features.
Archeological documentation of the deck and its features.

GPS Location: N45° 23.011' W83° 26.115'
Depth: 180 Feet
Wreck Length: 130 Feet Beam: 26 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 350 Cargo: Corn
Launched: 1856 by William Jones at Black River, Ohio
Wrecked: November 7, 1860

Diver inspecting the bow.
Diver inspecting the bow.

Description: The Kyle Spangler was one of many Great Lakes vessels that made trips to the Atlantic coast in the early days of direct trade with saltwater ports. Spangler left the lakes with a load of lumber in 1859, returning the following spring. Not long after, while upbound on Lake Huron on a dark night with a load of corn, it collided with the downbound schooner Racine a few miles off Presque Isle. The collision shattered the Spangler's bow sinking it in deep water, but the crewmen were taken safely onboard the Racine. Today the ship rests relatively undamaged except for the bow, resting upright with its masts and cabin intact.


Kyle Spangler Site Plan
Kyle Spangler 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.

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Forecast for the Alpena area




GPS Coordinates:
45.38352, -83.43525
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