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Two Rivers in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Steamer Continental

Historic Shipwreck

 

—Wisconsin's Maritime Trails —

 
Steamer Continental Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
1. Steamer Continental Marker.
Inscription. Type: Wooden bulk freighter
Built: 1882, George Presley, Cleveland, Ohio
Sank: December 13, 1904
Length: 245' Beam: 36'
Cargo: Iron Ore
Propulsion: Propeller
Depth of Wreckage: 15'

The wreck of the steam-powered bulk freighter Continental lies about a mile north of the Rawley Point Lighthouse.

After 22 years on the Great Lakes, the Continental met her fate in a blinding snowstorm. Early on a December morning in 1904, the Continental was steaming south past Twin Rivers Point (now Rawley Point), on her way to Manitowoc for the winter. Disoriented in the storm, the captain mistakenly steered toward shore. Without a cargo, the ship rode high in the water, and she approached shore at high speed. She finally hit a sand bar and slid far onto it. All 20 crew made their way safely to shore with help from local fishermen.

Tug boats tried to pull the Continental free, but she had grounded too hard. Over the winter, the power of expanding and shifting ice destroyed the vessel.

Today, the Continental sits in 15 feet of water. In periods of low water, the cylinder heads of her compound steam engine break the surface. Most of her hull structure remains. Sections of the wreckage are occasionally uncovered by shifting sand.
 
Marker series.
Steamer <i>Continental</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Rotter, July 19, 2013
2. Steamer Continental Marker
This marker is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails marker series.
 
Location. 44° 8.997′ N, 87° 33.4′ W. Marker is in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker is on Zlatnik Drive north of 18th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline within Point Beach State Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Two Rivers WI 54241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schooner Rouse Simmons (here, next to this marker); Two Rivers' North Pier Lighthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steamer Vernon (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Luke School (approx. half a mile away); St. Luke Catholic Church (approx. half a mile away); St. Luke Rectory (approx. half a mile away); St. Luke Convent (approx. half a mile away); Galecki Building (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Two Rivers.
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Steamer <i>Continental</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Rotter, July 19, 2013
3. Steamer Continental Marker
Marker and Lake Michigan shoreline. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
4. Marker and Lake Michigan shoreline.
Marker with shoreline in distance. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
5. Marker with shoreline in distance.
Lake Michigan shoreline near Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 18, 2012
6. Lake Michigan shoreline near Marker.
Rawley Point Lighthouse and Living Quarters. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
7. Rawley Point Lighthouse and Living Quarters.
Also located within Point Beach State forest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   2, 3. submitted on , by Peter Rotter of Manitowoc, Us.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   6, 7. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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