Just after midnight 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. Later investigation determined that both vessles were equally at fault.
The wreck remained undiscovered until 1987. 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.
^ ab"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.