WILLIAMS, COLONEL A.B.

Shipwreck or Site Name: Col. A.B. Williams
Located Near: Richmondville

GPS Coordinates / Location Deg
Latitude/Longitude (Degrees): 43.607830 / -82.511170
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min Sec): 43 36 28.19 / -82 30 40.21
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min): 43 36.46980 / -82 30.67020

Minimum Depth: 24.384 metres / 80 feet
Maximum Depth: 24.384 metres / 80 feet

Long Description: The Col. A. B. Williams was lost in 1864 while carrying a cargo of coal. The ship is sitting in an upright position and is almost completely intact. The ship is missing her masts and cabin, which was probably destroyed when it sank. The stern is unattached from the main ship and sits several feet behind it. There are several interesting objects to view on the wreck. The bilge pump is still intact, there are winches and a windlass. The bow sprit is also intact. There are also open hatches for the adventurous divers

In the very early hours of the morning on June 5th 1864 the Colonel A. B. Williams collided with a large ore-laden bark named Twilight and sank stern first. Her crew was rescued by the bark and reports from the time indicate that a tug Prindiville may have recovered some of their personal effects that were floating on the surface a few days later. Divers can still see other effects scattered across the wreck site (although seasoned visitors recall there having been more ceramic plates not so long ago), as well as the large chunks of coal remaining in the ships holds. The ships two masts, although broken at their bases, lie off to the port side of the ship and a large midships windlass is kept free of zebra mussels by visiting divers.

WILLIAMS, COLONEL A.B.
Build Year
1856
Official Number
AMERICAN
Construction
Build City
Sodus
Build State
NY
Vessel Type
Schooner
Number of Decks
1
Hull Materials
Wood
Builder Name
D. Rogers
Ownership
Original Owner
D. Rogers
Original Owner Location
Sodus, New York
Ownership Notes
Granger, Rogers, Bates & Morley
Dimensions
Length
110
Beam
24
Depth
10
Tonnage Old Style
342
Final Disposition
Final Location
3 miles below Port Sanilac, Michigan, Lake Huron
Final Date Month
6
Final Date Day
5
Final Date Year
1864
Final How
Sank
Final Notes
Sank in collision with bark TWILIGHT; crew rescued by small boat from the bark
History and Notes
History
1856 Enrolled Oswego, New York
1863 Owned Morley & Brothers, Sodus, New York; 242 tons
1864, June 5 Sank, Lake Huron