F. T. Barney (schooner)

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Name: F.T. Barney
Operator: Lewis Wells
Builder: W. Cheney
Completed: 1856
Out of service: October 23, 1868
Fate: Wrecked in Lake Huron
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Tonnage: 254 tons
Length: 126 feet
Beam: 26 feet
Depth: 11 feet
Installed power: Sail
Notes: Official number 9535[1]
F. T. Barney Shipwreck
F. T. Barney (schooner) is located in Michigan
F. T. Barney (schooner)
Location Lake Huron, near Rogers City, Michigan[3]
Coordinates 45°29′9″N 83°50′33″W / 45.48583°N 83.84250°W / 45.48583; -83.84250Coordinates: 45°29′9″N 83°50′33″W / 45.48583°N 83.84250°W / 45.48583; -83.84250
Area 23 acres (9.3 ha)
Built 1855 (1855)
Architectural style Schooner shipwreck site
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 91001016[2]
Added to NRHP August 19, 1991

The F.T. Barney was a schooner; its wreck in Lake Huron near Rogers City, Michigan was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[2]


The F.T. Barney was built in 1856 by William Cheney[4] of Vermilion, Ohio,[5] and was owned by Lewis Wells, also of Vermillion.[6] In late 1857, she ran aground near Goderich, Ontario, but was successfully towed to Detroit for repairs.[7]

Just after midnight[8] on October 23, 1868, the Barney was traveling from Cleveland to Milwaukee with a load of coal. In Lake Huron near Rogers City, Michigan, the F.T. Barney collided with the schooner T.J. Bronson. The Barney sank in less than two minutes, but no lives were lost.[5] Later investigation determined that both vessles were equally at fault.[8]

The wreck remained undiscovered until 1987.[6] It is in 160 feet of water, and is one of the most complete of a schooner of its era. The masts and deck equipment are still in place.[5]


  1. ^ United States. Coast Guard et al. (1869), Merchant vessels of the United States, Dept. of Transportation, Coast Guard, p. 78 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ The location of the F. T. Barney Shipwreck is given in the NRIS as "address restricted." However, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary gives the geo-coordinates listed.
  4. ^ "Vessel Building at Vermilion". Buffalo Daily Courier. May 8, 1856. 
  5. ^ a b c "F.T. Barney". Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "BARNEY, F. T.". Alpena Public Library Vessel Datadase. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "1857 Casualty List". Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. January 28, 1858. 
  8. ^ a b "Case # 14131 - The Tracy J. Bronson". The Federal Cases: Comprising Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit and District Courts of the United States from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Federal Reporter, Arranged Alphabetically by the Titles of the Cases, and Numbered Consecutively (West Publishing Company). Book 24: 119. 1896.