Brunswick

Lost: 11/12/1881
Depth: 100
The Brunswick was a 235' four masted steam ship, built by the Detroit Dry Dock Company in 1881. On November 12th, she was on her second voyage departing Buffalo for Duluth Minnesota with a load of 1500 tons of hard coal when she collided with the schooner "Carlingford" 12 miles off Dunkirk, NY. The Captain attempted to make the harbor at Dunkirk, but was taking on water faster than her pumps could keep up. She sank in one hundred feet just 7 1/2 miles off the harbor, with the loss of the Chief Engineer, the cook and her daughter.

Today, the Brunswick lies upright in 100 feet of water. Her cabins were blown off during the sinking, exposing the boiler and steam engine. The top of the boiler is reached at about 85 ft and is very much intact. Of the 4 masts, only a potion of the fore mast remains. At the bow, her anchors are still in place, as are the windlass and capstan.

The mooring line is normally attached to the boiler at the stern. Visibility on this site varies from 20-50 ft . Over the years, the midships has been covered with a fine silt, care should be taken should divers attempt to find the bow section in times of limited visibility. Bottom temps are in the 42-46 degree range.

Photos by Tom Wilson.
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