GRECIAN (steel propeller freighter, 296 foot, 2,348 gross tons, built in 1891, at Cleveland, Ohio by Globe Iron Works (Hull#40) struck a rock near Detour, Michigan, on 7 June 1906, but made dock at Detour before settling on bottom. After her cargo was removed, she was raised, and towed by her fleet mate SIR HENRY BESSEMER, bound for Detroit Shipbuilding Co. in Wyandotte, Michigan, for repairs, relying on air pressure in her sealed holds to keep her afloat. However, on 15 June 1906, her holds began to fill with water and she sank in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay. Her crew was rescued by SIR HENRY BESSEMER

GPS Location: N44° 58.109’ W83° 12.057’
Depth: 100 Feet (Stern Deck at 75 Feet)
Wreck Length: 296 Feet Beam: 40 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 2348 Cargo: None
Launched: 1891 by Globe Iron Works at Cleveland, Ohio
Wrecked: June 15, 1906
Description: On June 7, 1906 the Grecian struck a rock and sank in shallow water
at Detour Village in the St. Mary’s River. The ship was later refloated and taken in
tow by the steamer Sir Henry Bessemer, en route to Detroit for repairs.
Unexpectedly, it filled with water and sank near Thunder Bay Island. Its crew
escaped in lifeboats. Today the Grecian’s bow and stern lie intact, while the midships
portion has collapsed. The engine, boiler, portions of the propeller and deck
machinery are all in place. There is also a steel canalon (salvage lifting device)
lying off the vessel’s stern from a 1909 salvage attempt.

A great 3d webpage on the Grecian is here.


Detour, June 8. — The tug THOMPSON, with a lighter, arrived here yesterday afternoon to take off the cargo of the GRECIAN, which is sunk in 21 feet of water. The extent of the injuries to the steamer has not yet been ascertained
Buffalo Evening News
Friday, June 8, 1906

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Cleveland, June 9. — It will take at least two months for the Lake Shipyards to complete repairs on the steel vessels now lined up waiting to go into drydocks. The steamer ZIMMERMAN, which was sunk in collision with the SAXONA in the Soo Passage on her first trip, will be at the local shipyard for seven or eight weeks, and the repair bill will be between $50,000 and $60,000. The steamer CRESCENT CITY and barge MANILA, recently released from the beach near Duluth, will be repaired at Ohio ports and they will both be big jobs.
The MANILA will be converted into a steamer, but the change will not be made until next winter. Repairs on the MATAAFA will probably be made at Superior. Little will be known regarding the condition of the EDENBORN until she has been released at Split Rock. The steamers ROMAN, recently released, and the GRECIAN, now sunk at Detour, will have to go into drydock for repairs.
Buffalo Evening News
Saturday, June 9, 1906

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The North American Salvage Wrecking Company has begun preparations for raising the sunken ore barge GRECIAN, which went down in Thunder bay during a gale two years ago.
Buffalo Evening News
July 27, 1909

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The sunken steamer GRECIAN was located by divers 16 miles off Alpena yesterday. She is in good condition and valued at $100,000
Buffalo Evening News
August 25, 1909

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Steam screw GRECIAN. U. S. No. 86136. Of 2,348 tons gross. Built 1891. On June 15, 1906, vessel foundered in Lake Huron. With 20 persons on board. No lives lost.
Loss of American Vessels reported During Fiscal Year, 1906

Steam screw GRECIAN. U. S. No. 86136. Of 2,348 tons gross; 1,875 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1891. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 296.2 x 40.4 x 21.1 Crew of 20. Steel built. Of 1,280 indicated horsepower. Passenger service.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904