Event: Burned and sank at wharf, August 17, 1865
Ship: 199 foot 689 ton wooden sidewheel steamer
Location: From grass near life boat house, head straight out into the harbor until edge of the rocky reef is found. Follow base of this reef NW at a depth of 20 feet (along sandy bottom of rocky reef) until the wreck is encountered up against the reef.
Coordinates: 47 27.57N 88 09.12 W
Depth: 20 feet
Visible Remains: Timbers, wooden hull, remains of the paddle wheel, a few heavy iron gears and structural pieces. The exposed remains change depending upon sand movement.
Story: The Traveller had stopped in Eagle Harbor while enroute from the Sault to Superior, Wisconsin when a fire was discovered which could not be extinguished. Crew and passengers, ship's records, baggage and some cargo and furniture was saved before she sank, at a loss of $45,000. A salvaged capstan from the wreck stands outside of Fort Wilkins Headquarters.
Reprinted with permission from "An Underwater Guide to Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula" by Mark and Kathy Roberts, P.O. Box 332, Houghton, MI 49931
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