Boyce, Isabella J.

The Wreck Today: The charred, broken up remains of the Boyce lie widely scattered in shallow water on a rock bottom off the northeast tip of Middle Bass Island. The location provided puts you on her engine flywheel. The extensive debris field has pipes, metal support beams, wood frame members , and many small vessel parts.
CAUTION: A rock reef lies immediately inshore from this location. In low water the rocks are exposed or the water is breaking over them. Approaching from the north, there are large submerged boulders that can do some severe damage to your boat.

Location: East Point Reef off Middle Bass Island Depth: 4 to10 feet
Coordinates: LORAN: 56972.2 43709.0GPS: 41 41.830 82 46.505
Official #: 100446
Lies: scattered with the bow north
Type: sandsucker Cargo:None
Power: 425 HP fore & aft compound 19” cylinder -32”x26” stroke
Owner(s) Interlake Sand & Gravel Company
Built: 1889 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Burger & Burger
Dimensions: 138’ x 29’6” x 11’ Tonnage: 368.28 gross 316.95 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, June 6, 1917
Cause of Loss: grounded — fire

Vessel Name
BOYCE, ISABELLA J.
Build Year
1889
Official Number
US100446
Subject
Wrecks
Stranded
Construction
Build City
Manitowoc
Build State
WI
Vessel Type
Steambarge
Number of Decks
1
Hull Materials
Wood
Builder Name
H.B. Burger & G.B. Burger
Master Carpenter
H.B. Burger
Ownership
Original Owner
Jonathon Boyce
Original Owner Location
Grand Haven, MI
Power (Sail)
Propulsion Type
Screw
Sail Number Masts
2
Power (Mechanical)
Engine Type
For-and-Aft Compound
Engine Number Cylinders
2
Engine Number Boilers
1
Engine Number Propellers
1
Dimensions
Length
138
Beam
29.6
Depth
11
Tonnage Gross
368.28
Tonnage Net
316.95
Final Disposition
Final Location
Middle Bass Island on East Point.
Lake Erie.
Final Date Month
6
Final Date Day
6
Final Date Year
1917
Final How
Stranded, burned.
History and Notes
History
1889, Jun 1 Owned Jonathon Boyce. Towed schooner G.J. BOYCE.
1892 May 18 Insured in collision with steamer ATLANTIC, Marine City, MO.
1895 Jul 16 Grounded Niagara River, lightered cargo before released.
1900, Mar 29 Owned Kelleys Island Lime & Transport Co., Kelleys Island, OH.
1905, May 4 Owned John C. Pringle, St. Clair, MI. Towed barges J.J. BARLUM, IRON CLIFF & WM. A. YOUNG.
1913, Apr 25 Owned Pringle Barge Line Co., Mentor, OH.
1915, Jun 30 Owned William McFadden, et al., Detroit, MI, River Rouge Sand Company.
1915 Rebuilt Empire Ship Building Co., Buffalo, NY as sandsucker.
1916, May 2 Owned Interlake Sand & Gravel Co., Cleveland, OH.
1917, Jun 6 Burned.
1917, Jun 12 Documents surrendered.