The KYLE SPANGLER, one of many Great Lakes vessels that made trips to the Atlantic in the early days of direct trade with saltwater ports. KYLE SPANGLER is a distinctive type of Great Lakes sailing craft known as a “canaller,” and retains its distinctive, boxy hull form. On November 7, 1860, the schooner RACINE collided with the SPANGLER and sent the vessel, full of corn, to the bottom of Lake Huron. The crewmen were taken safely onboard the RACINE. Though shipwrecked, the 130-foot-long sailing vessel looks much the same today as it did after coming to rest on the lake bottom in 1860. The wooden hull is nearly completely intact, save for collision damage at the starboard bow. Both masts are still standing, with booms, gaffs and associated rigging having fallen to the deck or lake bottom. The deck cabin’s outer structure is intact, as are the vessel’s wheel, windlass, centerboard winch and bilge pumps. Most impressively, is the vessel’s carved wooden nameboard, still affixed to the stern quarter where it remains legible.
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