Mackinaw City, MI Freighter CEDARVILLE Collision, May 1965

Cedarville Straits of Mackinac 5-6-1965.jpg

A spokesman for the Mackinaw Bridge Authority said the Cedarville sent a radio "May Day" distress call at 10:10 a.m. and she sank at 10:19 a.m.
The Topdalsfjord, with her bow reported smashed, anchored for examination and then proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie.
The Coast Guard searched the straits all night. Planes were ordered to join the hunt with the first daylight today.
Witnesses said the Cedarville was hit on the port side approximately amidships by the Norwegian vessel's bow.
The Cedarville was reported approaching the straits and was about to make its turn into the channel proper when the collision took place.
Woodrow Jarvis, free lance writer and photographer of DeTour, Mich., quoted an unidentified Cedarville survivor as saying his ship
"gave a shudder" after the collision and then
"went straight down -- like a stone."

Ironwood Daily Globe Michigan 1965-05-08

Casualities:
WILLIAM B. ASAM, Wheelsman, Rogers City.
WILBERT W. BREDOW, Steward, Rogers City.
ARTHUR J. FUHRMAN, Deckwatch, Rogers City.
CHARLES H. COOK, Third Mate, Rogers City.
STANLEY HASKE, Wheelsman, Rogers City.
EUGENE F. JONES, Stokerman, Rogers City.
EDMUND H. JUNGMAN, Watchman, Frederick.
FRANK DONALD LAMP, Chief Engineer, Rogers City.
REINHOLD FREDERICK RADTKE, Third Assistant Engineer, Rogers City.
HUGH WINGO, Oiler, Rogers City.
Survivors:
HARRY H. BEY, First Assistant Engineer.
ROBERT G. BINGLE, Wheelsman.
EDWARD BREWSTER, Watchman.
AGNUS E. DOMKE, Watchman.
ELMER H. EMKE, Deckhand.
DAVE M. ERICKSON, Porter.
WILLIAM J. FRIEDHOFF, Oiler.
LEONARD T. GABRYZIAK, Wheelsman.
BILLY R. HOLLEY, Stokerman.
MICHAEL J. IDALSKI, Second Assistant Engineer.
ELMER JARVIS, Assistant Conveyerman.
Captain MARTIN E. JOPPICH, Master.
JEROME KIERZEK, Porter.
JAMES G. LIETZOW, Repairman.
ARTHUR MARTIN, Second Cook.
HARRY PIECHAN, Mate.
RONALD PIECHAN, Conveyerman.
RALPH A. PRZYBYLA, Oiler.
LARRY D. RICHARD, Deckhand.
ANTHONY ROSMYS, Stokeman.
STANLEY RYGWELSKI, First Mate.
WALTER TULGETSKE, First Assistant Engineer.
IVAN TRAFLET, Watchman.

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Mackinaw City, MI Freighter CEDARVILLE Collision, May 1965

This ship is upside down and awesome wreak to dive on. I have drove on her several times. The port gash runs from several feet below deck line to curve in bottom. The pilot house roof is about 115 feet depth. The pilot house is not crushed as the ship is supported by the self unloader structure.
The ship is full of limestone. 'Dumb' divers are illegally removing some of the hatch cover wing nuts. If they continue someone will be the last person to do so as the load will fall on to them.