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A photomosaic of the schooner Defiance, resting in 185 feet of water outside the sanctuary's northern boundary. (Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary NOAA)

From wood to steel, from sail to steam, from early pioneers to established industry, the history of the Great Lakes can be found deep beneath Thunder Bay

The Kyle Spangler was one of many Great Lakes vessels that made trips to the Atlantic coast in the early days of direct trade with saltwater ports.  Spangler left the lakes with a load of lumber in 1859, returning the following spring.  Not long after, while upbound on Lake Huron on a dark night with a load of corn, it collided with the downbound schooner Racine. The collision shattered the Spangler’s bow sinking it in deep water, the crewmen were taken safely onboard the Racine.

The Kyle Spangler was one of many Great Lakes vessels that made trips to the…

The wreck of the Defiance shows no obvious signs of a collision though

The Defiance is remarkably preserved with intact deck hardware & cabins, masts still standing

Shipwrecks on Lake Huron

DEFIANCE Vessel Type: Wooden two masted schooner; Year launched: Year Lost: Cargo: Corn and wheat;

Pint sized sailors and lovers of the sea will enjoy this tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Learn about the history of this boat built in 1886, its long passage around Cape Horn, and how it landed in the San…

Adventures of Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship

Pint sized sailors and lovers of the sea will enjoy this tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Learn about the history of this boat built in its long passage around Cape Horn, and how it landed in the San…

wreck of the Defiance  October 1854 in Lake Huron the wreck seems to be still completely intact

Lake Huron has some mysterious ship wrecks. This is the Defiance, a ship carrying grain. She was struck by the John J Audubon and both ships sank. The Defiance is resting right side up on the bottom of Lake Huron.

Originally believed to be a Civil War blockade runner, the wreckage of the schooner Rachel was revealed at Ft. Morgan, Alabama by Hurricane Isaac. It ran aground in 1923 during a storm.

In the latest in a spooky pattern of events, Hurricane Isaac uncovered a boat believed to be a Civil War blockade runner on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala.

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