|Dimensions:||116′ x 25′ x 8′, 129 gross tons, 189 gross tons|
|Cause of Sinking:||Abandoned at Whitehall Lumber Co. dock|
|Built:||1874, Saugatuck MI, by John B. Martel|
|Date Lost:||Abandoned August, 1921|
|Construction:||Wooden schooner, 3 masts|
|Skill Level:||Novice / snorkel / kayak|
|Location:||N45° 39.917′ W084° 29.406′|
This vessel was named for Captain Linford Baines Coates, one of the owners of the Saugatuck Lumber Co. Captain Coates lived on Mackinac Island and, in 1878, formed Coates and Arnold Steamship Co, forerunner of Arnold Transporation Co that continues today. The L.B. Coates was last owned by Ben Pardee of Bay City, MI, and was listed in 1921 as “Abandoned – unfit for service” and was left to decay at the Whitehall Lumber Co. dock. She was built by the same man that built the Myrtie M. Ross, which lies only 200 ft away.
Today both the dock and the ship have been broken up, leaving nothing above the surface. About 100 ft of the keel structure remains, and lies parallel to the shore. The centerboard box comes close to the surface and can be a hazard to boats.
Mooring Buoy Status
Moor at the Myrtie Ross and swim towards shore to find this wreck, following a light line that will guide you. A separate buoy may be installed at some point, if a suitable anchor point can be located. Consult your charts, and watch for pilings as you carefully approach the site.
The Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve maintains seasonal moorings at this site. Mooring are normally available from late May to September, the moorings make for easier location, safer diving and protect shipwrecks from damage from anchors and hooks. Vessels are required to use these moorings when they’re present.