Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve

Colonel Ellsworth

Depth: 70′ to 85′
Dimensions: 137′ x 26′ x12′
Cargo: None
Cause of Sinking: Collision w/ schooner Emily B. Maxwell
Built: 1861, Euclid, Ohio
Date Lost: September 2nd, 1896
Construction: Wooden Schooner
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.

Present Condition

Upright, but fairly broken up with collapsed hull.  Worth a visit if going out to the Cayuga.  This location is often frequented by schools of whitefish and perch.

Mooring Buoy Status

Due to the distance from home port and a lack of visitation over the last few years, we have not installed our mooring on this site yet for 2017.  We will attempt to do so if there is sufficient demand.

Col. Ellsworth Photos

Ellsworth hull  Ellsworth underdeck