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Pewabic presentation

January 8, 2013
The Alpena News
News photo by Jordan Travis
Phil Hartmeyer, a graduate student in East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies program, shows the Pewabic in its final resting place to an audience Tuesday at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The passenger and freight steamer sank after colliding with another ship south of Thunder Bay Island in 1865, taking more than 30 people and a load of 1,000-plus tons of Keweenaw copper with it. Prior to the disaster, the ship had been a part of the Upper Peninsula’s copper boom, as well as promoting eco-tourism to the Pictured Rocks and other Upper Peninsula sights, Hartmeyer said in his presenation. Numerous salvagers were drawn to the wreck over the years, even into the 1970s, both by the copper cargo and for the attention. One such effort was covered by The New York Times.


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