Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Schooner Daniel Lyons
—Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails —
Type: Wooden Schooner, three masted
Built: 1873, George Goble, Oswego, N.Y.
Sank: October 18, 1878
Length: 138’ Beam: 26’
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.
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 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. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
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