SAND MERCHANT C153443

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  • Sand Sucker
  • 65ffw 22m
  • 252ft Length
  • Avon Point, Lake Erie
  • 41 34.428     81 57.524

Complete History by Scanner as Ship of the Month 62 Jan 1977 v9 n4

The Sand Merchant lies upside down in the mud with her dominant features, the prop and rudder, to the northwest.  There is a deep trench around the wreck and a truly reckless diver could get into the wreck by going around the rails at the bottom of the trench.  We would not recommend this, as it is likely the mud around the entry would collapse and doubtful that the diver would be able to find a way back out.  Her suction pipe and framework lie off her starboard side.  To the west of the wreck is a large debris field.  This contains many ships parts, including her unloading boom, the spotlight, and whistle.  Large sand piles lay among the debris.   
The vessel was never salvaged. 

Great Lakes Ships File #

  • SAND MERCHANT (1927, Dredge) 153443
  • Built at:Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
  • Vessel Type: Dredge Note: self-unloading sandsucker Hull Materials: Steel
  • Hull Number:79 Builder Name: Collingwood Shipyards
  • Original Owner:International Transportation Co Ltd
  • Propulsion: Screw
  • Length: 252′ Beam: 43′ Depth: 17′ Tonnage (gross):1981
  • Final Location: Off Avon, Ohio, Lake Erie Date: 17 Oct 1936 How: Foundered

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