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1930 – The sandsucker GEORGE J. WHALEN capsized and sank off Dunkirk, N.Y., in heavy seas and 15 sailors perished. Only 6 were rescued and taken aboard the AMASA STONE. 


1923 – The wooden steamer W.J. CARTER, enroute from Oswego to Cobourg with a cargo of coal, began leaking and sank in Lake Ontario 20 miles south of Point Peter. Nine crewmembers were rescued by the KEYPORT. 


On 27 July 1884, ALBERTA (steel propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 264 foot, 2,282 gross tons, built in 1883, at Whiteinch, Scotland, by C. Connell & Co.) collided in fog six miles north north west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior with the JOHN M. OSBORNE (wooden propeller "steam barge", 178 foot, 891 tons, built in 1882, at Marine City, Michigan. The OSBORNE had two barges in tow at the time. ALBERTA stayed in the gash until most of OSBORNE's crew scrambled aboard, then pulled out and the OSBORNE sank. ALBERTA sank in shallow water, 3 1/2 miles from shore. 3 or 4 lives were lost from the OSBORNE, one from ALBERTA in brave rescue attempt while trying to get the crewmen off the OSBORNE. This was ALBERTA's first year of service. She was recovered and repaired soon afterward. She was the sister of the ill-fated ALGOMA which was lost in her first year of service. The wreck of the OSBORNE was located in 1984, 100 years after this incident. 


On 26 July 1885, ISLE ROYALE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 92 foot, 92 gross tons, built-in 1879) sprang a leak near Susick Island near Isle Royale on Lake Superior. She sank but her passengers and crew made it to the island. She was owned by Cooley, Lavague & Company of Duluth. She was originally built as the barge AGNES. 


Registry and Rig Information

  • Vessel Name: AGNES
  • Nationality: U.S.
  • Official Number: 29909
  • Rig: Barge

Dimensions and Tonnage

  • Length: 91.66
  • Width: 18.16
  • Depth: 6.75
  • Masts: 0
  • Gross Tonnage: 55.00
  • Net Tonnage: 0.00
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Hull Number:

Vessel History

  • Rebuilds: Converted to propeller by Dunford and Alverson, Port Huron, MI in 1881 (85 x 17 x 8; 91 gross - 64 net).
  • History: First enrolled at Port Huron, MI, on October 8, 1879. Master Carpenter was John A. Wansey.
  • Disposition: Sprung a leak and sank off Susie Island, Isle Royale, Lake Superior on July 26, 1885, with no loss of life.

Build Information

  • Builder: Alexander Anderson
  • Place Built: Marine City, MI
  • Year Built: 1879

1911: Efforts to beach the leaking wooden, coal-laden, freighter RAPPAHANNOCK failed and the ship sank off Jackfish Point, Lake Superior after an unsuccessful battle with 75 mph winds. All on board were saved


On 23 July 1878, H R PRESTON (wooden quarter-deck canal boat built-in 1877, at Oneida Lake, New York) was carrying 250 tons of ashes from Picton, Ontario to Oswego, New York, in tow of the tug ALANSON SUMNER along with three other canal boats when they encountered a storm on Lake Ontario. About 15 miles from Oswego, the PRESTON broke her towline and was taken alongside the SUMNER with some difficulty. About a mile out of port she lost her hold tarps and began to sink quickly. She was cut loose from the tug and her two crewmen were saved by the Oswego tug WM AVERY. Though she was lying heavily on the bottom in 50 feet of water, her wreckage came ashore near 4 Mile Point in early September. 


A great write up on the discovery by Shipwreck World,

On this day in 1961, the barge CLEVECO originally lost with a crew of 22 during a December 02, 1942, storm on Lake Erie, was floated by salvagers, towed outside the shipping lanes, and intentionally sunk. 


Hopefully, this may get closer to an answer to what the KPH is really called. The Marine Museum is working of an exhibit showcasing wrecks in the Great Lakes and is actively double-checking some facts. The wreck is one of the Gems in the rough. stripped dumped in a hole(Missed it by that much) :) but we found a belly dumper in the hole. This one is shallow for all levels and in the spring and late fall covered in wildlife.


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On 19 July 1831, the wooden schooner HENRY CLAY was carrying 800 barrels of salt and passengers from Oswego, New York to the Welland Canal on her maiden voyage when she capsized in a squall and sank about 10 miles off Port Dalhousie, Ontario, on Lake Ontario. About 11 persons were aboard and at least 6 of them lost their lives. Three were saved by the steamer CANADA. 


1938:ISLET PRINCE, en route to Owen Sound for a new service, stopped for the night behind Chantry Island, Southampton, and was struck by lightning. The ship caught fire, but all on board were rescued before the vessel sank the next day. 


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