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Daniel Lyons - Algoma WI

Daniel Lyons is a boat accessible fresh water dive site, located in Algoma, WI. The maximum depth is 91-100ft/28-30m. The average visibility is 31-35ft/9-11m.

The ship was built in Oswego, New York in 1873. It cost $27,000 to build. On October 17, 1878, the vessel departed from Chicago, Illinois and was bound for Black Rock, New York. In the early morning hours of the next day, the Daniel Lyons spotted the running lights of the Kate Gillett, a schooner that was carrying fence posts from Cedar River, Michigan to Chicago. The Kate Gillett then began moving erratically. When it became apparent that the vessels were about to collide, the Daniel Lyons tried to make a desperate evasive move, but it was unsuccessful. The Kate Gillett struck the Daniel Lyons in the side, pushing her stem nearly halfway through the hull. For around fifteen minutes, the two vessels remained locked together. After crew members from the foundering Daniel Lyons boarded the other ship, they broke apart and the Daniel Lyons sank bow first. Despite also being badly damaged, the Kate Gillett began her journey to Chicago again. Both crews worked at a vigorous pace to keep the ship afloat, and made it to port the next day. The shipwreck site is a popular spot for divers. It has also been used for archaeological purposes.

This site is seasonally marked with a Wisconsin Historical Society mooring buoy

Lat: N 44º 40.241’
Long: W 87º 17.712’

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