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Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Schooner Daniel Lyons

Historic Shipwreck

 

—Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails —

 
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
1. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Inscription.
Type: Wooden Schooner, three masted
Built: 1873, George Goble, Oswego, N.Y.
Sank: October 18, 1878
Length: 138’ Beam: 26’
Cargo: Wheat
Depth of Wreckage: 110’
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

About eight miles northeast of here, the wooden schooner Daniel Lyons rests 110 feet beneath Lake Michigan’s waves. The three-masted Daniel Lyons delivered grain to ports around the Great Lakes in the 1870s, until a collision sent her to the bottom in the early morning of Oct. 18, 1878.

On Oct. 17, 1878, the Daniel Lyons departed Chicago at one A.M., loaded with wheat and bound for Buffalo, New York. She made her way up the Wisconsin coastline easily in the light fall breeze, until she was offshore from Clay Banks in Door County. About four A.M., the red and green lights of another vessel appeared in the darkness. It was the Kate Gillett, heavily laden with fence posts and bound for Chicago. The ships tried to avoid one another, but the Kate Gillett rammed the starboard side of the Lyons, piercing her hull.

The two vessels remained locked together long enough for the captain and crew of the Daniel Lyons to jump aboard the Gillett. When the ships separated, the Daniel Lyons quickly sank.

Today,
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
2. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Close up of ship's information
the hull has collapsed. Masts, gaffs, booms, wire rope, and other rigging are strewn about the wreck site, and divers can examine deck winches and a windlass. The site is marked seasonally by a WHS mooring Buoy.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Historical Society, UW Sea Grant Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails marker series.
 
Location. 44° 36.458′ N, 87° 25.92′ W. Marker is in Algoma, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker can be reached from Steele Street 0.1 miles east of Lake Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the east end of Algoma Municipal Marina. Marker is in this post office area: Algoma WI 54201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christmas Tree Ship Point (here, next to this marker); Officer Ronald L. Leist (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Church of St. Agnes-by-the-Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Door-Kewaunee County College / Henry Diefenbach Sculptures (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brickyards
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
3. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Archeaological site plan
(approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lumber Industry in Algoma (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Algoma.
 
Also see . . .
1. Daniel Lyons. Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks (Submitted on June 6, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 

2. Daniel Lyons. Wisconsin's Maritime Trails (Submitted on June 6, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
4. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
The Daniel Lyons looked just like her sister ship shown here, the M.J. Cummings. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
5. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Upper: An archaeologist swims over the collapsed hull of the Daniel Lyons. The centerboard trunk (upper right) remains standing. Lower: Sailors pumped the cross arms (upper left) to raise and lower the anchor. The anchor chain is wrapped around the windlass.
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
6. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Looking east out toward the harbor entrance
Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 23, 2012
7. Schooner Daniel Lyons Marker
Looking south out toward marina
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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