A rare wooden side-wheeler that sank in 235 feet of water, after she collided with the Manitoba. Within minutes she sank to the bottom, and now her haul mostly intact can be reached at a depth of 225 feet. The Comet is located about 7 miles South East of the point.
Other names : none
Official no. : 5683
Type at loss : propeller, package and bulk freight
Build info : 1857, Peck & Masters, Cleveland
Specs : 181x29x13, 744 t.
Date of loss : 1875, Aug 26
Place of loss : 7 mi SE of Whitefish Pt., Whitefish Bay
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 11 of 21
Carrying : ores and pig iron, sacks of wool
Detail : While trying to pass the Beatty Line steamer MANITOBA on a foggy night, signals were misunderstood and COMET veered into the path of MANITOBA and was rammed on the port side about 25 feet aft of the stem, cutting her nearly in two. She sank in 5 minutes or less and lies in 300 feet of water. Owned by Hanna Co. of Cleveland. Bound Marquette for Cleveland.
Sister of str ROCKET.
Built as a freighter, with passenger accommodations added two years later.
Collided with prop SILVER SPRAY near Port Huron in Aug 1869 and sunk her. Two months later she suffered another collision with the prop HUNTER in a passing mishap similar to her final accident, and both vessels sank.
Rebuilt in 1863, 74.
Wreckage located in 1980.
Photos by Bob Epson
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