Frame ends protruding from the sand.
Frame ends protruding from the sand.

GPS Location: N45° 03.050' W83° 26.128'
Depth: 9 Feet
Wreck Length: 126 Feet Beam: 26 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 200 Cargo: Lumber, Lath
Launched: 1855 by Quayle and Martin at Cleveland, Ohio
Wrecked: October 13, 1890

Stanchion supports atop keelson.
Stanchion supports atop keelson.

Description: The John F. Warner spent several years trading between the Great Lakes and European ports like Greenwich and Liverpool, England and Glasgow, Scotland, carrying lumber and staves overseas and pig iron on the return trips. After 1860, it stayed closer to home, engaged in the booming lumber trade. The schooner met its end at Alpena, Michigan. Anchored off the river mouth, the anchor chain was parted by heavy seas and the ship was driven ashore near the lighthouse. Continuous buffeting by the waves soon broke the vessel in half. The cargo was removed a few days later, and the wreck was abandoned south of the harbor where it lies today.


John F. Warner site plan.
John F. Warner 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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