|Depth:||70′ to 85′|
|Dimensions:||137′ x 26′ x12′|
|Cause of Sinking:||Collision w/ schooner Emily B. Maxwell|
|Built:||1861, Euclid, Ohio|
|Date Lost:||September 2nd, 1896|
|Propulsion:||Sail, 3 masts, bark rigged|
|Skill Level:||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Location:||N45° 48.743′ W085° 01.056′|
The Ellsworth was caught in a southwest gale and overnight rainstorm resulting in a 4 AM collision with the Emily B. Maxwell. The Ellsworth then sank bow first. The crew escaped in the yawl to the Maxwell, which delivered them to Mackinaw City. The Ellsworth had only recently returned to service after spending the previous winter ashore near Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. Much of her equipment was salvaged, including her anchors and rigging.
Upright, port-side rail broken off and laying on the bottom, but large hatch openings and clear hold allow for a lengthy swim-through. The bow is bent upwards, tipping the windlass (mooring point) slightly. The wreck sits on a mast, sticking out to the starboard bow, not unlike the Minneapolis. This location is often frequented by schools of whitefish and perch.
Mooring Buoy Status
Hooray! We installed a mooring on the Col. Ellsworth in early June 2018, for the first time in several years. Thank you to everyone that requested a mooring on this site. Due to the distance from home, this will probably be one of the first moorings removed in September, so don’t delay your visit. Our coordinates were spot-on, too!