“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lake City in Wabasha County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Sea Wing Disaster

The Sea Wing Disaster Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
1. The Sea Wing Disaster Marker
Inscription. On July 13, 1890, the steamer "Sea Wing", with covered barge alongside, and 215 passengers aboard was returning from a Sunday excursion down the Mississippi River to Lake City. At 8 p.m., Captain D.N. Wethern had guided the steamer 5 miles up Lake Pepin and was equidistant between Maiden Rock and Central Point when a terrible storm swept through. An overwhelming toll of women and children were among the 98 lives lost.
Location. 44° 27.409′ N, 92° 16.656′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Minnesota, in Wabasha County. Marker is on North Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 61 / 63) north of West Clay Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is along Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi River. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City MN 55041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Star Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Settler (approx. 0.7 miles away); Louis McCahill Memorial Park (approx. one mile away); Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing (approx. 1.1 miles away); A Very Old Fish Story (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Fort St. Antoine
The Sea Wing Disaster Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
2. The Sea Wing Disaster Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away in Wisconsin); Lake Pepin's Shell Game / In Search of Summer (approx. 3.1 miles away); Maiden Rock (approx. 3.1 miles away in Wisconsin). Click for a list of all markers in Lake City.
Also see . . .
1. The Sea Wing Disaster / Victims of the Sea Wing Disaster. Another marker in the database about the disaster. (Submitted on November 13, 2011.) 

2. Wayback Machine. 98 People Killed; Day-long excursion on Lake Pepin turns into one of the deadliest disasters on Upper Mississippi. "The Sea Wing probably had made it less than halfway back to Red Wing when swallowed by storms. Wethern later testified he had been crossing Lake Pepin to seek shelter beneath bluffs on the Wisconsin side of the river when a 'squall' came off the Minnesota shore. Wether turned the Sea Wing into the approaching squall and held course for several minutes. The Sea Wing was likely abreast of Maiden Rock, a landmark on the Wisconsin shore." (Submitted on August 2, 2011.) 

3. Minnesota Historical Society. Unlocking the Mysteries of the Sea Wing. "Considering the magnitude of the losses, it is surprising that the Sea Wing story was largely forgotten in the years that followed." (Submitted on August 2, 2011.) 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Lake Pepin / Mississippi River Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
3. Lake Pepin / Mississippi River
[looking downriver]
Lake Pepin / Mississippi River Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 22, 2011
4. Lake Pepin / Mississippi River
[looking upriver]
Maiden Rock is in the distance.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 861 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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