On September 20, 1901, the Fedora
, bound for Ashland from Duluth with a load of iron ore, caught fire from a kerosene lamp explosion when between Basswood Island and Red Cliff Bay. Capt. Fick headed her towards Chicago Creek, north of Red Cliff Bay. The 17-man crew managed to escape in the lifeboats, while the Fedora
burned to the water's edge. She was an $80,000 loss. In November of 1901, the Fedora
was sold to the Red Cliff Lumber Co. who broke her up.
The wreck of the Fedora
, consisting of the lower unburned hull, rests on silt/sand bottom under 10' water, and is largely intact. Portions of the sides and lower hull are covered with sand overburden. The extant hull measures 251'4" from stenpost to stern; maximum beam 41'1." Hull survives several feet above the turn of the bilge on the port side, but was burned to the bilge level on the starboard. Portions of starboard futtocks and iron cross braces protrude above water surface, and vessel machinery was salvaged. Site has been heavily scavenged for surface objects.
was one of the larger class of freighters, of composite construction, her keel, ribs and frame being iron, while her planking of oak, was riveted on with bolts.