Vessel Type: Wooden Schooner Barge Dimensions: 154 x 29.2 x 11.5 ft. Tonnage: 392 gt Description: None Build Info: built 1866 at Detroit by J. Jones Official Number: #4393 Date of Loss: August 25, 1896 Place of Loss: Ontonagon Accident Type: Burned, Scuttled Depth: 5 - 10 ft.
The City of the Straits now lies in 5 - 10 feet of water just off the old Wilson Brothers fish house. When the river is low, she is a hazard to navigation and deep hulled vessels can scrape their bottoms on her. Ice has completely removed her superstructure, but her keel, ribs and some hull remains for inspection, and the river covers and uncovers different parts of the wreck from time to time. The river is reportedly very silty at this location, and visibility is usually less than a few feet. Divers should also be aware of the riverís current which can be strong at times. Because of the poor diving conditions the City of the Straits is one of the most seldom visited sites in the Keweenaw. She is largely unexplored and would benefit from an archeological investigation.
References: Keweenaw Shipwrecks by Frederick Stonehouse, Julius F. Wolff, Jrís Lake Superior Shipwrecks, Dave Swayze Wrecklist, Milwaukee Public Library - Herman Runge Collection, Ontonagon in Days of Yore by Bruce Johanson