Wreck Info

Ship Type: Package Freighter Lifespan: Built 1857 Sunk 1875 Length: Length 181ft (55m) Depths: to 230 ft (70m) Location: Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior GPS 46°43.02′N 84°52.00′W

Ship Info

United States Name: Comet Owner: Dean Richmond (New York Central Railroad Company)1875; W. M. Hanna and George W. Chapin, Cleveland, Ohio 1875 Port of registry: Cleveland, Ohio United States Builder: Peck & Masters, Cleveland, Ohio Completed: 1857 Fate: Sank in Whitefish Bay 26 August 1875 after colliding with the Manitoba Notes: United States Registry # 5683 General characteristics Class and type: Propeller Tonnage: 744 Gross Register Tonnage Length: 181 ft (55 m) Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m) Depth: 12.33 ft (3.76 m) Propulsion: Propeller, direct acting vertical engine Crew: 19

David Swayze Shipwreck File

COMET Other names : none Official no. : 5683 Type at loss : propeller, package and bulk freight Build info : 1857, Peck & Masters, Cleveland Specs : 181x29x13, 744 t. Date of loss : 1875, Aug 26 Place of loss : 7 mi SE of Whitefish Pt., Whitefish Bay Lake : Superior Type of loss : collision Loss of life : 11 of 21 Carrying : ores and pig iron,sacks of wool Detail : While trying to pass the Beatty Line steamer MANITOBA on a foggy night, signals were misunderstood and COMET veered into the path of MANITOBA and was rammed on the port side about 25 feet aft of the stem, cutting her nearly in two. She sank in 5 minutes or less and lies in 300 feet of water. Owned by Hanna Co. of Cleveland. Bound Marquette for Cleveland. Sister of str ROCKET. Built as a freighter, with passenger accommodations added two years later. Collided with prop SILVER SPRAY near Port Huron in Aug 1869 and sunk her. Two months later she suffered another collision with the prop HUNTER in a passing mishap similar to her final accident, and both vessels sank. Rebuilt in 1863, 74. Wreckage located in 1980. Sources: is(2-69),lss,gwgl,sol,is,hgl,usls,eh,mpl,es,jb,nsp,hcgl

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