• A.-P.-Nichols
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  • History

    The A.P. Nichols was sailing from Chicago when she encountered a gale on October 28, 1892.She was on route for Escanaba, Michigan, light. While trying to find shelter near Plum Island, She dropped her anchor, but drifted toward Pilot Island. Stranded on a reef near the island and almost touching the bow of the Forest which had stranded there the year before. The crew escaped to the lighthouse on Pilot Island where they spent the next few days along with the stranded crew of the J.E. Gilmore.

    In March of 1893 a storm put an end to any hope of recovering the A.P. Nichols. She and the Gilmore broke up and sunk out of sight soon after the storm passed.

    The Nichols was chucked on the beach in pieces and the previous ones have also disappeared from view.”

    The A.P.Nichols was originally built as a bark and converted to a schooner in 1877 She was used for Great Lakes general trade.

    She was involved in three collisions during her time on Lake Michigan. On June 15, 1885 she collided with the schooner Saveland.

    Location

    The remains of the Gilmore and the Nichols today lie strewn down a sand and cobblestone incline about 300 feet west of the Pilot Island boat dock.
    Water depth ranges from 25 to 55 feet.

    Technical Information

    Strong bottom currents are occasionally encountered at this site.
    Diving should not be attempted if such conditions are detected, since Death’s Door can generate rip-tide like currents.

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  • Category: Dive Site
  • Address: Detroit Harbor Terminals / Boblo Island Detroit Dock Building
    Detroit
    Michigan
    48209
    United States
  • History:

    The A.P. Nichols was sailing from Chicago when she encountered a gale on October 28, 1892.She was on route for Escanaba, Michigan, light. While trying to find shelter near Plum Island, She dropped her anchor, but drifted toward Pilot Island. Stranded on a reef near the island and almost touching the bow of the Forest which had stranded there the year before. The crew escaped to the lighthouse on Pilot Island where they spent the next few days along with the stranded crew of the J.E. Gilmore.

    In March of 1893 a storm put an end to any hope of recovering the A.P. Nichols. She and the Gilmore broke up and sunk out of sight soon after the storm passed.

    The Nichols was chucked on the beach in pieces and the previous ones have also disappeared from view."

    The A.P.Nichols was originally built as a bark and converted to a schooner in 1877 She was used for Great Lakes general trade.

    She was involved in three collisions during her time on Lake Michigan. On June 15, 1885 she collided with the schooner Saveland.

  • Location:

    The remains of the Gilmore and the Nichols today lie strewn down a sand and cobblestone incline about 300 feet west of the Pilot Island boat dock.
    Water depth ranges from 25 to 55 feet.

  • Technical Information:

    Strong bottom currents are occasionally encountered at this site. Diving should not be attempted if such conditions are detected, since Death's Door can generate rip-tide like currents.

  • Type: schooner
    Material: Wood
    Propulsion: Sail
    Built / lauch date: 1861
    Sunk / flooded: 1892
    Dimensions: 145x30x11