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Rough Rendering of Site by Jack Papes
A Rough Site Rendering by Jack Papes.

Norman
LOCATION: Lake Huron. ~6 mi [10 km] off Presque Isle Harbor, MI, USA

DIVE CHARTER: Great Lakes Dive Charters.

LIES: Listed to port. Bow Split ~30
/ Stern split ~ 45.

CONDITION: Split just forward of the stern structure. Forward wheel house and deckView Looking Aft at Stern Structure. Photo by Jack Papes structure has collapsed and slid to the bottom, resting on the Starboard Side. Otherwise hull is intact.

DEPTH: 180'-210' [55-61m]

TYPE: Early steel bulk freighter.Norman Seen Unloading. Marine Historical Society

BUILT: Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1890 by Globe Iron Works for the Menominee Transit Company. Launched  August 30, 1890.

LOST: Sank in only 3 minutes after being rammed in a heavy fog by the Canadian Steam Barge "JACK" on May 30, 1895. Three sailors lost their lives. Survivors were picked up by the steamer M. SICKEN. An unsuccessful salvage attempt was made in 1896.

CARGO: light

DIMENSIONS: 297' [91m] x 40' [12m] x 21' [6m]

NOTES:  Relocated by divers, Paul Ehorn and John Steele, on Sunday, May 11, 1986. The same morning they discovered the Cornelia B. Windiate - a good morning to say the least. A large site. Covering all of it in one dive, will leave little time for close inspection. Looking Aft. A mast seen standing in the distance. Photo by Jack Papes The aft mast remains mounted to the deck, just forward of the jagged split. The stern structure, just aft of the split, remains is intact, offering opportunity for exploration. The smoke stack liesSmoke Stack Lying of Port Stern. Photo by Jack Papes. collapsed on the bottom off of the port side, directly adjacent to the hole in the roof of the stern structure from which it once penetrated. The top of the engine is exposed by an opening in the deck, presumably once covered by a skylight, now scattered amongst the debris on the bottom. The rudder appears steered to starboard, perhaps bent that direction from the collision with the bottom. The tips of two propeller blades extend from the mud bottom. The long swim forward, over the barren deck, offers views of a sparse coating of mussels, five (5) uncovered, empty cargo holds, at last highlighted by the deck winch amidships. Fret not, for the monotony is soon shattered as the the lifeboat comes into view, resting on the Lifeboat  off of Port Rail. Photo by Jack Papesbottom, perpendicular to the port rail, centered between holds 3 and 4. Debris Pile Aft. of Port Bow. Photo by Jack Papes Forward from lifeboat lies an enormous pile of debris, consisting mainly of the former wheelhouse and deck structure.   The fore mast also remains mounted to the deck. A big, beautiful, and most of all, un-turtled steely...

 

SEE PHOTOS:
July 23, 2006

SEE VIDEO:
July 23, 2006

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