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Learn More About the Agnes W. Shipwreck 

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Scuba divers can dive to some of the best shipwrecks in The Great Lakes, which border both Canada and the United States. Many of these wrecks are in extremely deep water, making them inaccessible to divers with only Open Water Diver certification.

Open Water Divers and snorkelers can enjoy the hulls of abandoned wooden ships at shore-accessible dive sites on Drummond Island. One of these ships is the Agnes W., which went down in 1918 and is now submerged in 5 to 15 feet of water. The shipwreck of the Agnes W. is located at Traverse Point on Drummond Island.

Agnes W
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She was one of the largest wooden vessels on the Great Lakes for a brief period of time. The Agnes W. was carrying wheat from Fort William (Thunder Bay) when it ran aground in a summer storm in 1918. There was no loss of lives. Unfortunately, little is known about the final voyage and wrecking of the Agnes W. At the time, the stranding of a large vessel would result in a major news story detailing the event in great depth. The Sault Ste. Marie News ran a single line about the incident, while the Detroit News made no mention of it at all. The United States was heavily involved in World War I in 1918, and newspaper space priorities were clearly focused on the war.

The wreck is near Traverse Point on Drummond Island’s south side, about 8 miles east of DeTour Passage.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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