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Vessel Name PRINS WILLEM V
Lake
Michigan
Depth 48 to 90 feet
Loran 32979.6/49286.9
Coordinates Lat 43° 01.35'/Lon 087° 48.59'
Build Netherlands, Rotterdam in 1940
Specifications 258 x 42'1'' x 14'7''/1567 t.
Official No Netherlands PGWF
Date of Loss Oct 14, 1954
Type at Loss Propeller motor vessel, steel, package freight
Type of Loss Collision
Cargo T.V., automotive parts, animal hides, jukeboxes, printing presses, twine, band instruments
Loss of Life none
Accident Place 3.7 miles East of Milwaukee
Collision summary: she collided with the towed barge SINCLAIR XII, in tow of the tug SINCLAIR HOUSTON (or SINCLAIR CHICAGO), and sank with a 20x8 foot hole in her side. Her crew of 30 were rescued by the Coast Guard cutter HOLLYHOCK. The wreck is one of the most frequently visited on Lake Michigan. She was scuttled while building to prevent capture by Nazis, refloated and completed in 1948-9.