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Shipwreck from 1872 remerges in Lake Michigan

PortandTerminal.com, May 7, 2020

LANSING, MI – Heavy waves and shifting sands have once again brought the remains of a 137-foot wooden ship’s wreckage to float at the shoreline along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.

The 137 foot long, two-masted schooner Jennie & Annie was built in Buffalo, NY in 1863. 

The schooner was filled with a load of corn in mid-November, 1872 when gale-force winds likely pushed it into shallow water about nine miles south of Sleeping Bear Point. It was pounded by heavy surf, and eventually broke into pieces.

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“The crew of 10 took to the masts and remained there until the vessel broke apart,” according to a Port Huron Daily Times article that ran on Nov. 15, 1872. “Only 3 of the crew made it to shore; the rest drowned in the strong surf and cold water.”

Pieces of the shipwreck. Sand-dune
Pieces of the shipwreck turned in 2015 PHOTO: Garret Ellison
Pieces of the shipwreck. Sand.
Pieces of the shipwreck turned in 2015 PHOTO: Garret Ellison

What remains of the schooner is uncovered periodically by shifting sand and wave action. In 2012, a 40-foot hull piece belonging to the Jennie & Annie was positively identified when it emerged along the shoreline. Locals again spotted the wreck fragments in 2015. There are an estimated 1,500 shipwreck in Lake Michigan and a total of 6,000 in the Great Lakes.

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