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by Mike Spears
Historical Sketch

The Tug SILVER SPRAY was built at West Bay City, MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co for Henry Corcan of Eagle Harbor, MI.   Her dimensions were: length, 54 feet; beam, 15.8 feet; hull depth, 6 feet; and gross tonnage, 38 tons. From 1895 to 1924 the SILVER SPRAY’s home port was Marquette, MI. During those years, she presumably was employed as a towing vessel on Lake Superior. From 1925 to 1939, she was owned by the Kreetan Company of Drummond Island. The Kreetan Company was a lumber company located at Johnswood on Scammon Cove near the eastern end of Drummond Island. 
 

 The Tug SILVER SPRAY was built at West Bay City, MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co for Henry Corcan of Eagle Harbor, MI.   Her dimensions were: length, 54 feet; beam, 15.8 feet; hull depth, 6 feet; and gross tonnage, 38 tons.
   Photo Courtesy of the Great Lakes Marine Historical Collection.
 The tug was abandoned near Meade Island on the west side of Scammon Cove when the Kreetan Company went out of business. Although the SILVER SPRAY was still listed as an actively enrolled vessel as late as 1939, it is possible that she was abandoned much earlier.
  Photo by D. Sandell
The tug was abandoned near Meade Island on the west side of Scammon Cove when the Kreetan Company went out of business. Although the SILVER SPRAY was still listed as an actively enrolled vessel as late as 1939, it is possible that she was abandoned much earlier.
 
 The lower hull is completely intact with the upper deck and cabin structure gone. The engine has been salvaged, but the boiler is still on the wreck. This is a great snorkeling wreck.
Photo by D. Sandell (Close-up)
Wreck Description
 
The lower hull is completely intact with the upper deck and cabin structure gone. The engine has been salvaged, but the boiler is still on the wreck. This is a great snorkeling wreck.  

Wreck Location
 
The wreck lies in 5 to 10 feet of water on the western side of Scammon Cove, near Meade Island.   Lat/Long Coordinates are: 
 
45º 56.923’ North
83º 37.922’ West
Vessel Data
 
Name:
SILVER SPRAY
Rig:
Tug
Home Port:
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Official Number:
116676
Length:
54 Feet
Gross Tons:
38
Hull Material:
Wood
Year Built:
1895
Builder:
F. W. Wheeler & Co
Place Built:
West Bay City, MI
Date of Loss:
Not Known
Cause of Loss:
Abandonment
Lives Lost:
Not Applicable
Cargo:
Not Applicable
Bound From/To:
Not Applicable
Depth
5-10 Feet

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