Tony Gramer has been diving since 1977 and is a certified PADI Divemaster. He is the president of Silent World Information Masters, Inc. (SWIM). He is presently on the Board and Divemaster of Dossins Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

His images have taken best in show and first place in photo contests throughout the United States, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Mexico. His images have been included in Skin Diver magazine, Dive Boat Calendar & Travel magazine, Michigan Living magazine, Great Lakes Diving magazine, Michigan Underwater Preserve pamphlets, advertising catalogs, Nikon Calendar and music CD covers.

He adds about 90 dives per year to his log book, of over 1,700 shipwreck dives. His main interest is photography, researching and diving shipwreck schooners and brigs. In 2011 and 2012 he recorded two half hour programs for “Every Thing Great Lakes” and “So Far, Safari” on CMNTV.

Doomed for Disaster
Loss of the schooner William Young

Drawing of Schooner William Young by Robert Mcgreevy

The 139 foot schooner William Young was built in 1863 at Madison Dock, Ohio. Late in September 1891 she left Buffalo in tow of the propeller Nashua, bound for Racine, Wisconsin with 600 tons of coal.

A howling gale erupted on September 28th and on October 5, 1891, after a long battle with the gale, the William Young went down in the Straits of Mackinac. She lies today just east of the Mackinaw Bridge.

Join Tony Gramer and crew as they explore the remains of this beautiful shipwreck.

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