A steel freighter that now lies in 270 feet of water, she is 429 feet long and divers can reach her deck at 220 feet. The Superior City sank after collision with the Willis L King & is sitting upright & intact for the technical diver to explore.
Other names : none
Official no. : 116820
Type at loss : propeller, steel, bulk freight
Build info : 1898, American Ship Building, Lorain, OH
Specs : 429x50x25, 4795g 3693n
Date of loss : 1920, Aug 20
Place of loss : Whitefish Bay
Lake : Superior
Type of loss : collision
Loss of life : 29 of 33
Carrying : iron ore
Detail : Downbound, she collided with the 580 ft. steamer WILLIS L. KING in a confusion of passing signals. SUPERIOR crossed KING’s bow, was rammed amidships and sank very quickly. Cold water hitting boiler caused an explosion which killed most of her crew.
She was a Pittsburgher. 1900 hp engine
Wreck discovered by a diver in 1972.
Photos by Bob Epson and Rob Polich
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