A Bygone Boiler That Doesn’t Belong

Author(s): Ryan Bradley; Kelci Martinsen

Year: 2014


Located within the Thunder Bay National Sanctuary of Lake Huron in Michigan, a wooden bulk freighter named the MONOHANSETT lies in eighteen feet of water. An engine fire consumed the vessel on a November night in 1907. The site was recorded and mapped in a summer field school by East Carolina University graduate students back in 2004 and was the subject of a 2005 thesis. A remarkable feature of the wreck is the existence of an intact firebox boiler situated just off the stern section of the wreck, some feet from the vessels propeller. The historical record indicates that the MONOHANSETT’’s boiler was not the size of this one, but in fact smaller. This paper considers the possibility that the boiler located next to the MONOHANSETT may not actually belong to her, but instead to one of three other wrecked vessels located in the close proximity.

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A Bygone Boiler That Doesn’t Belong. Ryan Bradley, Kelci Martinsen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436987)

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PaperId(s): SYM-44,10