The Tug Boat Lauren Castle





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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2010

On November 5, 1980, the tug boat Lauren Castle collided with the freighter SS Amoco Wisconsin while providing towing assistance after the Wisconsin had become disabled and unable to continue under her own power. The impact caused the Lauren Castle to sink in approximately 400 feet of water in West Grand Traverse Bay, south of Suttons Bay, MI.

In 2009, while using a Kongsberg echosounder to conduct hydrographic surveys, Northwestern Michigan College's Water Studies Institute located what was believed to be the Lauren Castle resting upright on the bottom of West Grand Traverse Bay near the site of the collision.

On October 12, 2010, personnel from the Water Studies Institute returned with a remotely operated vehicle and captured this video of the shipwreck.

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