Grace A. Channon (1873)
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Bow of Grace A. Channon looking aft
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Collision damage on vessel’s port side where she was struck by the Favorite
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Cabin of the ship with stove
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Final Voyage


On 2 August 1877, the Grace A. Channon sank off Oak Creek, Wisconsin after being hit on her port side by the propeller Favorite, as the canaller was sailing toward Chicago, Illinois with a cargo of 550 tons of coal. The four-year-old schooner plunged to the bottom of Lake Michigan within five minutes of being struck. Her co-owner, Henry L. Graham and his two young sons, Harry and Alexander, were aboard taking passage from Buffalo to Chicago by water. Seven-year-old Alexander became separated from his father and was sucked under as the ship sank 16 miles southeast of Milwaukee.
Today


The wreck of the Grace A. Channon today sits in 185 feet of water on a sandy bottom on an even keel, totally intact. The cabin is still intact, which you do not often find, meaning that the ship sank slowly allowing air to escape. The masts are broken, and rigging is scattered across the deck.
 
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