JOHN A. FRANCOMB and the DASHING WAVE

JOHN A. FRANCOMB and the DASHING WAVE #

There are 2 schooner-barges by the Marine City DNR launch ramp, that make for a nice, easy shore dive. They are the JOHN A. FRANCOMB and the DASHING WAVE, towed here and abandoned.

A small part of the wrecks are emergent, and plainly visible from shore when the water is low. The hull and deck of the FRANCOMB are somewhat intact, and it is lying on the edge of the dropoff, bow pointed north (up current), and listing to starboard. It has a steam powered winch on the starboard bow in about 10 feet of water, with a donkey boiler and a small 2-cylinder steam engine, and some other machinery. The boiler is 3’9” diameter, and 6’6”+ long. One end of the boiler is missing, with fire tubes visible inside, and the engine is broken, probably by ice. The firebox door is laying on the bottom off the starboard side in deeper water. There is another piece of machinery laying off the stern of the boat, possibly the smoke stack for the donkey boiler. 

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