May 20, 1883
With a length of 201 feet and a beam of just over 33 feet, the Wells Burt was launched proudly by the Detroit Dry Dock Company in 1873. With her size and capacity…she had the ability to carry 50,000 bushels of corn! The Wells Burt saw duty as a bulk carrier on the Great Lakes for just over a decade. While enroute from Buffalo to Chicago, the Wells Burt was caught in a dangerous storm that produced tidal spray over 100 feet in height! The storm disabled her steering gear, leaving her at the mercy of the lake. The Wells Burt succumbed to the depths that night, taking eleven members of her crew with her. She was rediscovered in 1988 in 40 feet of water, fully intact. Today, she still serves as a dive sight perfect for new divers in search of an adventure to build from. We visit the Wells Burt from Hammond Marina.