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Rogers City, Michigan: Wreck of the Joseph S. Fay

The 216-foot-long steamer ran aground in a gale in 1905. A large section of her side is still visible on the beach. Bonus: free lighthouse nearby.

7323 US-23, Rogers City, MI
From Rogers City drive northwest on US Hwy 23 for 6.5 miles. Turn right at the sign for 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is west of the parking lot, and the shipwreck is west of the lighthouse.
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Wreck of the Joseph S. Fay

What a great place. There's a working lighthouse with some history. The Shipwreck Trail takes you right down to the shipwreck. The Lake was high, but you could still see the remnants.

[Angela Haggerty, 06/23/2019]


Wreck of the Joseph S. Fay

At the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse you can walk on the beach to see the 134-foot-long starboard side remains of the S.S. Joseph S. Fay steamer, which sunk off 40 Mile Point in 1905. At the time of her launch in 1871, she was the largest ship built in Cleveland, Ohio. You can get right up to it to see the wooden planks and iron rods that held the ship together. It was pretty neat to see, and a little sad seeing it slowly being washed away and getting buried into the sand. Admission is free for both the shipwreck and the lighthouse.

[Ducks5921, 09/18/2018]

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