Moonlight (ship)

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Coordinates: 46°49.939′N 90°22.703′W / 46.832317°N 90.378383°W / 46.832317; -90.378383

The Moonlight, ashore near Marquette, Michigan.
Name: Moonlight
Owner: William Mack (first owner) Joseph C. Gilchrest Company (second owner)
Port of registry: Flag of the United States.svg United States
Builder: Wolf and Davidson Company
Laid down: September 13, 1903
Launched: 1874
Fate: Shipwrecked on September 13, 1903
Status: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991
Notes: Location: 46°49.939′N 90°22.703′W / 46.832317°N 90.378383°W / 46.832317; -90.378383[1]
General characteristics
Type: Schooner, later converted to a tow barge
Tonnage: 777 gross tons (738 net tons)
Length: 206 feet (63 m) long, 35 feet (11 m) wide

The Moonlight was a schooner that sank in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan Island. The wreckage site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[2]


Moonlight was built in 1874. In addition to service in the Great Lakes, Moonlight also sailed in the Atlantic Ocean.[3] She sank in September 1903 in a storm while hauling iron ore from Ashland, Wisconsin. In use as a tow barge, Moonlight was under tow by the steamer Volunteer. Both ships were loaded with iron ore in Ashland and were headed for their destination when a violent storm erupted and ruptured the seams of Moonlight's hull.[4]


  1. ^ "Apostle Islands Deep Shipwrecks". Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Wisconsin - Ashland County - Vacant / Not In Use". National Register of Historic Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  3. ^ "Moonlight Shipwreck". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  4. ^ Keller, James M. The Unholy Apostles. pp. 77–83. ISBN 0-933577-001.