SHIPWRECKS ON THE GREAT LAKES SINCE 1950

 

Vessel Name

Vessel Type

Date of Loss

Lake

Cause of Wreck

Loss of Life

Albatros IV

Tug

22-Aug-1953

Ontario

Fire

Unknown

Aletha B

Tug

2-Nov-1974

Erie

Storm

2

Algosoo

Freighter

27-Nov-1965

Superior

Storm

None

Allegheny

Training

27-Jan-1978

Michigan

Ice

None

America

Oil Screw

5-May-1950

Michigan

Storm

Unknown

Anabel II

Oil Screw

12-Jan-1956

Michigan

Fire

None

Anna Mildred

Yacht

9-Jul-1950

Ontario

Explosion

Unknown

Ashtabula

Car-Ferry

18-Sep-1958

Erie

Collision

None

Atlantis

Oil Screw

21-Nov-1958

Erie

Storm

Unknown

Avalon Voyager II

Freighter

31-Oct-1981

Huron

Collision

None

B. F. Jones

Freighter

21-Aug-1955

Huron

Collision

Unknown

B. West

Oil Screw

16-Dec-1957

Michigan

Foundered

Unknown

Bay Port

Tug

22-Jun-1959

Huron

Towing Accident

3

Bayanna

Barge

1-Dec-1962

Ontario

Collision

None

Black Marlin

Tug

29-Nov-1958

Erie

Storm

None

Blue Comet

Tanker

29-Oct-1953

Michigan

Fire

1

Bridgebuilder X

Tug

18-Dec-1959

Michigan

Foundered

2

Brown Brothers

Tug

28-Oct-1959

Erie

Foundered

None

Buddy

Tug

11-May-1966

Michigan

Collision

None

Captain K

Fishing

18-Mar-1991

Erie

Collision

3

Cardinal

Tanker

21-May-1974

Erie

Collision

None

Carl D. Bradley

Freighter

18-Nov-1958

Michigan

Storm

33

Cartiercliffe Hall

Freighter

5-Jun-1979

Superior

Fire

7

Cedarville

Freighter

7-May-1965

Huron

Collision

10

City of Cleveland III

Passenger

25-Jun-1950

Huron

Collision

4

Cormorant

Tug

17-Oct-1958

Ontario

Storm

None

Craftsman

Barge

3-Jun-1958

Erie

Foundered

None

D & C

Tug

19-Nov-1957

Superior

Storm

Unknown

Daniel J Morrell

Freighter

29-Nov-1966

Huron

Storm

28

Dauntless XII

Tug

29-Oct-1951

Erie

Fire

7

Dixie

Dredge

4-Dec-1964

Erie

Foundered

None

Dredge 906

Dredge

23-May-1956

Michigan

Towing Accident

9

Duke Luedtke

Tug

21-Sep-1993

Erie

Foundered

1

E. M. Ford

Freighter

4-Dec-1979

Michigan

Storm

None

Edmond Fitzgerald

Freighter

10-Nov-1975

Superior

Storm

29

Edward C. Whalan

Tug

8-Jun-1954

Superior

Storm

Unknown

Edward E. Gillen

Tug

4-Jun-1981

Michigan

Capsized

None

Francisco Morazan

Freighter

24-Nov-1960

Michigan

Storm

None

Frontenc

Freighter

22-Nov-1979

Superior

Storm

None

Gargantua

Barge

10-Oct-1952

Huron

Fire

None

Gary D

Tug

5-Aug-1958

Huron

Fire

Unknown

Globe

Tug

9-Sep-1954

Huron

Mechanical Failure

None

Grampa Woo

Passenger

30-Oct-1996

Superior

Storm

None

Halcyon

Research

2-Dec-1996

Michigan

Mechanical Failure

None

Hamiltonian

Passenger

30-Aug-1952

Ontario

Fire

None

Harry L. Allen

Freighter

20-Jan-1978

Superior

Fire

None

Henry Steinbrenner

Freighter

11-May-1953

Superior

Storm

17

Hickory Stick

Barge

29-Nov-1958

Erie

Storm

Unknown

Humko

Oil Screw

22-Jul-1956

Michigan

Fire

Unknown

Hurbet W. Smith

Freighter

20-Aug-1958

Huron

Grounded

None

Industry

Barge

6-Oct-1953

Michigan

Foundered

Unknown

Irene

Fishing

5-Nov-1955

Michigan

Explosion

Unknown

J. R. Sprankle

Oil Screw

21-Nov-1956

Erie

Storm

Unknown

James W. Curran

Car-Ferry

10-May-1964

Huron

Storm

None

Jennifer

Freighter

1-Dec-1974

Michigan

Storm

None

John A McPhail

Passenger

10-May-1964

Huron

Storm

None

John M McKerchey

Freighter

16-Oct-1950

Erie

Mechanical Failure

1

Jupiter

Tanker

16-Sep-1990

Huron

Fire

1

Killarney

Tug

12-Sep-1974

Erie

Foundered

None

Kinsman Independent

Freighter

24-Nov-1990

Superior

Foundered

None

Lauren Castle

Tug

8-Nov-1980

Michigan

Collision

1

Linda E

Fishing

11-Dec-1998

Michigan

Collision

3

Lucky

Scow

22-Sep-1951

Huron

Grounded

None

Maid of the Mist

Passenger

22-Apr-1955

Ontario

Fire

None

Maid of the Mist II

Passenger

22-Apr-1955

Ontario

Fire

None

Mary Kay

Tug

1-Sep-1988

Ontario

Storm

None

Mesquite

Coast Guard

4-Dec-1989

Superior

Grounded

None

Meteor

Tanker

24-May-1969

Superior

Storm

None

Monrovia

Freighter

25-Jun-1959

Huron

Collision

None

Morania 130

Tanker

29-Oct-1951

Erie

Fire

2

Nordmeer

Freighter

19-Nov-1966

Huron

Grounded

None

Norman P. Clement

Tanker

16-Oct-1968

Huron

Explosion

None

North Carolina

Tug

9-Dec-1968

Erie

Capsized

None

Ohio

Tug

14-Jun-1954

Erie

Collision

None

Onawa

Oil Screw

6-Oct-1954

Huron

Fire

None

Penobscot

Freighter

29-Oct-1951

Erie

Fire

2

Prins Willem V

Freighter

14-Oct-1954

Michigan

Collision

None

Pwd 117

Barge

29-May-1952

Erie

Mechanical Failure

Unknown

Raphael

Barge

12-Jul-1966

Erie

Storm

None

Razel Bros

Tug

20-Aug-1986

Michigan

Collision

3

Roamer

Tug

9-Jul-1975

Superior

Fire

None

Rock Queen

Steamboat

18-Nov-1956

Huron

Storm

Unknown

Sachem

Tug

18-Dec-1950

Erie

Mechanical Failure

12

Sandy Pat

Tug

3-Dec-1969

Erie

Foundered

2

Scotia Dock

Freighter

21-Jun-1953

Superior

Collision

1

Surveyor

Oil Screw

4-Dec-1964

Erie

Foundered

Unknown

Tailwinds

Fishing

18-Oct-1975

Superior

Fire

Unknown

Vernon

Fishing

5-Aug-1950

Superior

Collision

None

Western States

Passenger

21-Mar-1959

Huron

Fire

None

White Swan

Freighter

30-Nov-1956

Michigan

Storm

None

Wiltranco

Freighter

26-Oct-1967

Erie

Grounded

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Swayze, Dave; “The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Total Losses of Great Lakes Ships.  Lake Isabella, MI.  1998-2001.

 

Percentage of Wrecks by Vessel Type

 

Tugs:            26%

Freighter:      26%

Oil Screws:     9%

Barge:             7%

Passenger       7%

Tanker            7%

Fishing           6%

Car Ferry        2%

Dredger          2%

Others            7%

Percentage of Total Wrecks by Decade

 

1950s: 54%

1960s: 19%

1970s: 13%

1980s: 7%

1990s: 6%

Shipwrecks by Month

 

January         3

February       0

March           2

April             2

May             10

June              9

July               4

August         7

September    5

October        17

November    19

December     13

Percentage of Total Wrecks by Lake

 

Erie – 27%

Huron – 23%

Michigan – 23%

Ontario – 9%

Superior – 18%

Total Deaths by Lake

Erie - 32

Huron - 46

Michigan - 52

Ontario – None Verified

Superior - 54

Total Wrecks Graphed by Cause

Storm – 26

Fire – 19

Collision – 17

Foundered – 11

Grounded – 5

Mechanical Failure – 5

Explosion - 3

Capsized - 2

Towing -2

Ice – 1

 

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