|Dimensions:||223′ x 38′ x 15′|
|Cargo:||Corn, from Chicago for Buffalo|
|Cause of Sinking:||Ice damage|
|Built:||1873, Bangor (West Bay City), Michigan by T. Boston|
|Date Lost:||April 6th, 1898|
|Construction:||Wood, built as 3-mast schooner. 4th mast added 1875|
|Propulsion:||Sail, schooner rig, later converted to tow-barge|
|Skill Level:||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Location:||N45° 47.450’ W084° 51.488’|
The Northwest is a 223′ schooner built in 1873 in Bangor MI as the Alexander Moore. She was under tow by the propeller Aurora in April 1898 when she impacted submerged ice and began to take on water. The Aurora attempted to tow her to shallow water, but was blocked by ice and the Northwest slipped beneath the surface. The Aurora rescued the crew of the Northwest and no lives were lost.
The Northwest now lies in 73′ of water, six miles west of the bridge in Lake Michigan. She is upright and mostly broken up. There is a very interesting donkey steam engine amidships.
Upright, but collapsed to one side and somewhat broken up with lots to see. A donkey steam engine, bilge pumps, and windlass are still present and her rudder lies next to her transom, detached from the stern. Schools of fish frequent this wreck. The depth and size of this wreck makes it a fun, interesting and easy dive.
Mooring Buoy Status
Currently moored (6/9/18). This mooring is attached to a helix anchor just off the starboard side of the wreck, near the donkey boiler and winch. Mooring is normally available from mid-May to September, the moorings make for easier location, safer diving and protect shipwrecks from damage from anchors and hooks. We now have a much taller, lighted buoy on this site, under Coast Guard permit!