Commodore Foote
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Thumb Area Wreck Sites: |Commodore Foote| |Dunderberg| |Minnedosa| |Morrell|
Bow Looking Aft. Photo of Site by Jack Papes
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Commodore Foote (believed to be by Andy Donato) aka "Mystery Schooner" aka "Challenge"
LOCATION: Lake Huron. ~8 mi [13 km] out off Harbor Beach, MI, USA

DIVE CHARTER: Great Lakes Odyssey.

TYPE: Schooner, Two Masts

LIES: Upright on hard bottom.

CONDITION: Section of Starboard Bow intact. Remainder is broken, splayed open on bottom. 

CARGO: Wheat

DIMENSIONS: 112' [34m] x 23' [7m] x 11' [3m]

BUILT: 1862, A. Miller, Oswego, NY

LOST: Nov. 21, 1867

LOSS DETAILS: Collided with schooner John Kelderhouse. 

DEPTH: 145 ft [44m]

NOTES:   The starboard bow is intact with anchor still hanging. Bowsprit is in place with a scroll head.  Another anchor lies on Port Bow. Photo by Jack Papesthe port side. The starboard hull is collapsed inward and the port hull outward. Several deck knees extend upwards from the port hull. A large centerboard box extends above the bottom atWheel. Photo by Jack Papes amidships. The capstan sits on the bottom on the starboard side of the centerboard box. A deck winch and the wheel rest just aft of the centerboard box.  The bottom is littered with tangled deck planking, beams, and several hatches. At the stern, the rudder remains upright, supported by the keel. The transom lies on the bottom in one section, just aft the rudder. A boom or gaff lies on the bottom off of the port side, as does a mast. This is an intriguing site, providing a wealth on information on ship construction.

See Photos:
July 5-6, 2008

See Video:
July 6, 2008

Thumb Area Wreck Sites: |Commodore Foote| |Dunderberg| |Minnedosa| |Morrell|

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