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The William H. Wolf

The William H. Wolf was a 285' wooden steamer that was launched in 1887 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She was down bound in the St. Clair River without cargo on October 20, 1921 when she caught fire.  She burned to the water line and sank across from Marine City on the Canadian side of the channel.  Two lives were lost.  In 1925, she was floated and taken just south of Fawn Island along the Canadian shoreline to her final resting place.

To find her today, take the ferry from Marine City to Sombra, Ontario.  After clearing customs, turn right (south) at the first stop sign which is the St. Clair River Parkway.  About two miles south, look for the Marshy Creek Park.  Suit up here and walk upstream along the shoreline about a 1/4 mile.  When you are in front of a brown "A frame" house, look for a buoy that marks the bow of the shipwreck in only five feet of water.  If she isn't buoyed, walk out to the end of the peer in front of the "A frame" house and follow the slope down to about 40' of water. Let the current take you slowly into her hull which rests from 5'-50'.  She is slightly covered with sand amidships so if you are drifting in around 20' of water, you may not make out her hull.

Today, her bow is mostly covered with sand in 5' of water.  The stern makes for a better dive.  The stern lies in just under 50' of water.  Her huge four bladed propeller is still an awesome sight.  With the hull folded around her, the prop appears to be lying inside of a cave.  The triple expansion steam engine rises up from the hull a good 15'.  One of her boilers is still visible while the other is covered with sand.  When the St. Clair River is silted out in Port Huron, the William H. Wolf makes for an adventurous day to a new shipwreck.




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