S.S. Michigan

Built as a sister ship to the S. S Wisconsin by the Detroit Dry Dock Company at Wyandotte, Michigan for the Goodrich Transportation Company, the S. S. Michigan was a sturdy iron-hulled passenger steamer. Goodrich had ordered three ships built in 1881 -- the two propellers and a side-wheeler named the S. S. City of Milwaukee. She was powered by an F & AC compound engine with 27" and 44" cylinders and a 40 inch stroke. She had a 10 foot diameter, 18 foot long boiler built by De Soto & Hutton of Detroit. She was 203.9 feet long, 35.1 feet wide and had a draft of 11.7 feet. She was rated at 1,183 tons gross and 1,024 tons net.

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Vessel Specifications:200ft long, 40 wide
Type of Vessel:Iron-Hulled Passenger Steamer
Depth to Deck:250 ft (76m)
Depth to Bottom:270 ft (82m)
How it Sunk:The steel hull of the S. S. Michigan lies upright and intact with her cabins and superstructure largely collapsed. The double ships wheel, two anchors and ship's capstan and all easily accessed by technical divers. The capstan --once scraped clean of silt and zebra mussels by divers -- revealed the words, "S. S. Michigan" and "Wyandotte, Michigan", her port of origin.
Loss Type:Crushed by ice
Date of Loss:March 19, 1885
Place of Loss:Off of Holland, MI
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Lives Loss:0
References:Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates
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