Marine Heritage Area

Shipwrecks

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David Stewart

Location: west side of Point Pelee, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43858.0 57160.2 GPS: 41 58.692 82 32.940
Official #: 6144
Lies: bow north
Depth: 25 feet
Type: schooner
Cargo: iron ore
Power: sail
Owner(s) J.W. Squires of Marine City, Michigan
Built: 1867 at Cleveland, Ohio by E.M. Peck
Dimensions: 171' x 31' x 13'
Tonnage: 545
Date of Loss: Friday, October 6, 1893
Cause of Loss: at anchor in a gale, blown aground

The Wreck Today: This wreck lies flattened in shallow silty water. Watch for heavy boat traffic.

Dominion

Location: 5.3 miles south of Wheatley Harbor, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43880.9 57218.2 GPS: 41 59.750 82 26.738
Official #:
Lies: east/west
Depth: 45 feet
Type: dredge
Cargo: steam dredge
Power:towed
Owner(s) Conlon Brothers, Thorold, Ontario
Built:
Dimensions: approximately 70' x 25'
Tonnage:
Date of Loss: Friday, October 28, 1892
Cause of Loss: capsized while under tow

The Wreck Today: The Dominion is located on a rock and sand bottom. Coal that fired her steam boiler lays scattered about. Near the boiler are china shards and on the starboard side are large "C" clamps. The stern is broken. Chain lays wrapped around the winch. The dredge boom lies to the north.

Charles B Packard

Location: 7 miles west of Pelee passage
Coordinates: LORAN: 43808.6 57053.8 GPS: 41 55.221 82 43.658 Official #: 135940
Lies: east-west
Depth: 40 feet
Type: propeller
Cargo: lumber
Power: steeple compound engine, scotch boiler
Owner(s) Leatham & Smith Towing and Wrecking Company
Built: 1887 at West Bay City, Michigan by F.W. Wheeler Company
Dimensions: 180'5" x 35'7" x 13'3"
Tonnage: 676 gross 504 net
Date of Loss: Sunday, September 16, 1906
Cause of Loss: struck the sunken vessel Armenia

The Wreck Today: Machinery and the propeller were salvaged before the remains of the Packard were dynamited to remove the navigation hazard. Today, the wreck is essentially a debris field with a large boiler. What remains of her hull sits upright in 40 feet of water. The silty bottom results in frequent poor visibility.

Jorge B

Location: about ¾ mile east of Pelee Point
Coordinates: LORAN: 43851.2 57184.0 GPS: 41 56.304 82 29.060
Official #: 64E419
Lies: Bow east
Depth: 36 feet
Type: fish tug
Cargo: fish and fishing equipment
Power: diesel
Owner(s) Saco Fisheries, Ltd., Adrian Codinha
Built: before 1966
Dimensions: approximately 50' x 12'
Tonnage: 9 gross
Date of Loss: Friday, September 16, 1983
Cause of Loss: foundered

The Wreck Today:The wreck's open stern is almost buried while her pilot house still rises from the sand bottom. There are many net floats, gill net and a net reel. Fishnet, poor visibility, and boat traffic are a hazard when diving the Jorge B. She is protected from SW winds by Pelee Point.

Conemaugh

Location: west side of Pelee Point
Coordinates: LORAN: 43835.7 57163.1 GPS 41 54.570 82.30.655
Official #: 125858
Lies: scattered, bow northwest
Depth: 20 feet
Type: wood freighter with hogging braces
Cargo: package freight
Power: steam propeller, steeple compound engine
Owner(s) Erie & Western Transit Company, Buffalo, New York
Built: 1880 at North Bay City, Michigan by F.W. Wheeler and Frederick Jones
Dimensions: 251' x 36 ' 15'3"
Tonnage: 1609.53 gross 1453.11 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, November 21, 1906
Cause of Loss: storm

The Wreck Today:The is located on a sand bottom and much of the wreck is covered by sand. This site could be a shore dive from Point Pelee National Park. A shore plaque in the park marks the area. The prop is broken and there is a boiler with lots of carp.

The largest portion of wreckage is located 35 feet from the stern. At the stern you can find her four propeller blades buried in the sand. The blades were apparently broken off when the vessel was driven aground.

Sand from Pelee Point covers and uncovers part of this wreck. Watch for boat traffic and occasional current at this site.

Northern Indiana

Location: just west of Point Pelee, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43830.7 57160.4 GPS: 41 53.882 82 30.600 Lies: bow east
Depth: 25 feet
Official #:none
Type: paddle wheel steamer
Cargo: passengers & misc. freight
Power: vertical beam engine - 72" x 12' stroke with 38' paddle wheels
Owner(s) Michigan Southern Railroad Company
Built: 1852 at Buffalo, New York by Bidwell & Banta
Dimensions: 300'6" x 36'10" x 13'8"
Tonnage: 1,475
Date of Loss: Thursday, July 17, 1856
Cause of Loss: fire

The Wreck Today: Lying on a sand bottom, the most notable feature of the wreck is her huge boiler. The wreck is broken and spread over a large area. There is lots of pipe and wood, a second small boiler, and a capstan off the port side of the wreck. If you search carefully, you may find one of the brass tags labeled "M.S. & N.I.R.R. The initials stand for Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Rail Road. They helped to positively identify this site as the Northern Indiana

CAUTION: This vessel lies very close to the Pelee Point shoal waters. Boaters need to pay careful attention to the depth to the east of the wreck. The area is also subject to very strong currents and divers need to exercise great caution in the water.

George Stone

Location: 4 miles west of Point Pelee, Ontario on Grubb Reef
Coordinates: LORAN: 43819.9 57135.0 GPS: 41 53.249 82 33.248
Official #: 86261
Lies: bow east
Depth: 35 feet
Type: wood propeller
Cargo: coats & coal
Power: triple expansion engine, 2 scotch boilers
Owner(s) M. A. Bradley of Cleveland, Ohio
Built: 1893 at West Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler & Company
Dimensions: 270' x 40' x 19'1"
Tonnage: 1841.22 gross 1501.65 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, October 13, 1909
Cause of Loss: storm & fire

The Wreck Today: Because the Stone was salvaged, some of her machinery is missing. Located on Grubb Reef, there is a boiler on the port side. The sides of the vessel have collapsed and most of the debris is on her port side. Notable features are her propeller, anchor chain and anchor. The rudder lays flat on the bottom. Fish are abundant on this wreck since there is often a slight current. Save Ontario Shipwrecks (SOS) has placed a plaque and mooring on this site.

In 1997 SOS returned a number of artifacts to the George Stone and placed a monument commemorating sailors' lost lives. In 1999 a steel vessel was deliberately sunk next to the George Stone. Winter ice has reportedly shifted it to a position against the starboard bow of the Stone.

Watch for snagged fish nets and heavy boat traffic.

Wend the Wave

Location: just east of Point Pelee, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43829.2 57174.3 GPS: 41 52.912 82 28.532
Official #: 26836
Lies: bow north
Depth: 30 feet
Type: schooner/barge
Cargo: coal
Power: sail or tow
Owner(s) Hern & Hollywood of Bay City, Michigan
Built:1867 by Rugby at Ashtabula, Ohio
Dimensions: 128' x 28' x 10'
Tonnage: 250.13 gross 239 net
Date of Loss: Sunday, October 6, 1889
Cause of Loss: collision with the J. D. Sawyer in storm

The Wreck Today: The Wend the Wave lays flattened on a sand bottom, so sand and zebra mussels cover much of the wreck. There is a windlass, small section of wood, and two boxlike structures we believe to be the mast steps. All else appears to have been buried beneath the shifting sand bottom.

Watch for heavy boat traffic.

Isaac W Nicholas

Location: on Grubb Reef 10.2 miles, 163º true from Lemington, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43819.4 57138.7 GPS: 41 52.934 82 32.695
Official #: 13477
Lies: bow west
Depth: 36 feet
Type: schooner, three masted
Cargo: ore
Power: sail
Owner(s) Phillip Minch of Vermilion, Ohio
Built: 1862 at Vermilion, Ohio by Isaac W. Nicholas
Dimensions: 137.8' x 26.2' x 12.2'
Tonnage: 318
Date of Loss: Monday, October 20, 1873
Cause of Loss: storm

The Wreck Today: The Tioga is located on a sand and mud bottom. There is a large boiler, but the engine is gone. She has a four blade prop. Look for the capstan by the rudder and the windlass forward.

Tioga

Location: 5 miles west of Pelee Point, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43813.7 57116.1 GPS: 41 53.032 82 35.353
Official #: 24167
Lies: bow east
Depth: 40 feet
Type: propeller
Cargo: barge tows
Power: vertical direct-acting engine
Owner(s) Captain C. C. Blodgett
Built: 1862 at Cleveland, Ohio by Quayle & Martin
Dimensions: 177.4' x 24.7' x 11.2'
Tonnage: 695
Date of Loss: Friday, October 5, 1877
Cause of Loss: fire

The Wreck Today: The Tioga is located on a sand and mud bottom. There is a large boiler, but the engine is gone. She has a four blade prop. Look for the capstan by the rudder and the windlass forward.

Armenia

Location: Pigeon Bay 10 miles northwest of Southeast Shoal
Coordinates: LORAN: 43806.6 57091.0 GPS: PA: 41 52.95 82 38.51
Official #: 107219
Lies: bow north
Depth: 39 feet
Type: schooner/barge
Cargo: ore
Power: sail/towed
Owner(s) West Division Steam Ship Company
Built: 1896 at West Bay City, Michigan by James Davidson
Dimensions: 288'6" x 44'6" x 19'1"
Tonnage: 2040 gross 1919 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, May 9, 1906
Cause of Loss: foundered in storm

The Wreck Today: This wreck was dynamited so it is widely scattered. At her bow you'll find many machinery parts and he rudder lies off the stern. This vessel is directly in the shipping lanes and a sharp lookout needs to be maintained. Watch for snagged nets.

Zadock Pratt

Location: 3 miles south of Point Pelee
Coordinates: LORAN: 43822.5 57169.2 GPS: 41 52.02482 28.689
Lies: bow east and scattered
Depth:25 feet
Official #: none
Type: schooner, 3 mast
Cargo: wheat
Power: sail
Owner(s) Morse and Captain Parker of Buffalo, New York
Built: 1855 at Buffalo, New York by Smith and Spencer
Dimensions: 133' x 26'10" x 10'11"
Tonnage: 370
Date of Loss: Tuesday, November 20, 1860
Cause of Loss: struck the sunken propeller Mount Vernon

The Wreck Today: The Zadock Pratt lies scattered in 25 feet of water. Her keelson and lower hull members are flat on the bottom. Some small machinery and a pump from the wreck lie to the south of this structure. This debris is probably off the Mount Vernon, the remains of which lie immediately to the west of the Zadock Pratt. The bottom is sandy, and there are many small fish and fresh water sponges. Good visibility is often lacking on these wrecks.

CAUTION: There may be a moderate current at this site.

Mount Vernon

Location: 3 miles south of Point Pelee
Coordinates: LORAN: 43822.5 57169.2 GPS: 41 52.02482 28.689
Lies: bow east and scattered
Depth: 25 feet
Official #: none
Type: wood propeller
Cargo: corn
Power: sail
Owner(s) Western Transportation Company, Buffalo, New York
Built: 1854 by F. D. Ketchum and Keating, Huron, Ohio
Dimensions: 178' x 29'4" x 11'8"
Tonnage: 577
Date of Loss: Tuesday, October 9, 1860

The Wreck Today: The Mount Vernon lies scattered in 25 feet of water. Her keelson and lower hull members are flat on the bottom and some small machinery, windlass, blocks, turnbuckle, and a pump lie to the south of this structure. Immediately to the east of the wreck lie the remains of the Zadock Pratt. The bottom is sandy and there are many small fish and fresh water sponges.

CAUTION: There may be a moderate current at this site

David Vance

Location: southwest of Pelee Point, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43813.8 57144.3 GPS: 41 51.726 82 31.438
Lies: bow south
Depth: 41 feet
Official #: 6855
Type: schooner
Cargo: coal
Power: three masted sail
Owner(s) James McKenzie of Buffalo, New York and Benjamin Budsell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Built: 1874 by J. Butler at Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Dimensions: 206'6" x 33'7" x 14'4"
Tonnage: 774.76 gross 736.03 net
Date of Loss: Thursday, July 20, 1893
Cause of Loss: collision

The Wreck Today:Located on a sand bottom, the Vance is flattened. There is a centerboard, ships wheel, deadeyes, and rudder post. Several hundred yards west of the site is the wreck of the Charger.

Charger

Location: Pelee Passage west of Pelee Point
Coordinates: LORAN: 43812.7 57141.2 GPS:41 51.699 82 31.800
Lies: scattered, bow south
Depth: 35 feet
Official #: 5409
Type: schooner
Cargo: wheat
Power: sail
Owner(s) Captain Lewis Bates
Built: 1868 at Sodus, New York by Diodat Rodgers
Dimensions: 136' x 25' x 10'
Tonnage: 277.87 gross 263.98 net
Date of Loss: Thursday, July 31, 1890
Cause of Loss: collision

The Wreck Today: The Charger is located on a silt bottom just west of the David Vance. Among Canadian divers, this site is called the "Capstan" wreck. The wreck has a capstan (of course) and also a wheel, windlass, and deadeyes. The Vance (known to Canadians as the Wheel Wreck) lies in the same location, so if you come across a second wheel to the east, you've found the David Vance.

America

Location: northeast tip Pelee Island ½ mile below lighthouse
Coordinates: LORAN: 43783.5 57078.4 GPS: 41 49.675 82 38.066
Lies: scattered
Depth: 15 feet
Type: sidewheel steamer
Cargo: passengers and package freight
Power: two 600 hp vertical beam engines with 32' diameter sidewheels
Owner(s) David S. Bennett, 1853-1854; Lysander M. Cushings et al, 1852-53; John R. Philips, 1848-52, all of Buffalo, New York
Built: 1847 at Port Huron, Michigan by John W. Serles
Dimensions: 240'2" x 34'2" x 13'8"
Tonnage: 1083 gross
Date of Loss: Wednesday, April 5, 1854
Cause of Loss: ran aground

The Wreck Today:The America lies on rock bottom in 15' of water. Her boiler is the most prominent remaining feature and it rises to within 2 feet of the surface. Northwest of the boiler is a section of bulkhead. Surrounding these large pieces are many planks, spikes, and lots of nice bass.

Caution to boaters: The GPS numbers above place you immediately over the boiler and there is scant clearance over her boiler.

Specular

Location: 5 miles east of the northern tip of Pelee Island, Ontario
Coordinates: LORAN: 43795.7 57128.3 GPS: 41 49.335 82 32.165
Official #: 115876
Lies: bow west
Depth: 36 feet
Type: propeller
Cargo: iron ore
Power: steam engine
Owner(s) Republic Iron Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Built: 1882 at Cleveland, Ohio by George Presley and Company
Dimensions: 263'7" x 34'8" x 20'1"
Tonnage: 1741 gross 1439 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, August 22, 1900

The Wreck Today: There is a huge anchor and the engine lays exposed, as the sides have collapsed outward. Other notable features are the large boiler, firebox, and four bladed prop lying on the sand.