“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kewaunee in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Barge “Emerald”

Marker for the barge "Emerald " image. Click for full size.
By Bob (peach) Weber, October 3, 2012
1. Marker for the barge "Emerald "
Tribute and Memorium
to those
who went down with the
Barge “Emerald”
within sight of this point,
on Nov. 18, 1886.

Sponsored and erected by
H. J. Baumeister.
May 30, 1938.

Erected 1938 by H. J. Baumeister.
Location. 44° 27.91′ N, 87° 30.088′ W. Marker is in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Wisconsin Route 42, on the left when traveling east on North Main Street. Click for map. Next to the Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 N Main St, Kewaunee WI 54216, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Father Marquette (approx. ¼ mile away); Car – Ferry Service (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early History of Kewaunee (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Great Kewaunee Fire (approx. half a mile away); Civil War and Cuban Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kewaunee Marsh Arsenic Spill Area (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kewaunee County Lime Kilns (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kewaunee.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Marker and Anchor image. Click for full size.
By Bob (peach) Weber, October 3, 2012
2. Marker and Anchor
Anchor and Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bob (peach) Weber, October 3, 2012
3. Anchor and Lighthouse
“Emerald” The Schooner-Barge image. Click for full size.
By Bob (peach) Weber
4. “Emerald” The Schooner-Barge
Schooner barges had been very popular for transporting goods upon the great lakes during the late 1800's maritime era. A schooner barge is described as a cargo vessel with a reduced schooner-rig. They are intended to be towed as a barge by a powered vessel, but, capable of sailing during emergencies.

Construction of wood, 3-mast.
Built in 1869 by W. Dixon, Bay City, Michigan.
Length 139' Width 32' Depth 9' 287 gross tons
Cargo capacity 272 tons.

On November 17, 1886 the EMERALD was driven ashore in a gale off of Kewaunee when lost from a tow of steamer JUSTICE FIELD. The EMERLAD was fully loaded with a cargo of coal along with other barges in this tow. The barges were the G.W. BISSELL, LOTTIE MAY, and FLORENCE M. DICKINSON, of which the DICKENSON was also lost. The tow was bound from Toledo to Milwaukee. Five crew members of the EMERALD were lost as result of this mishap. Despite many reports to the contrary, she was recovered by Leatham & Smith, Sturgeon Bay, in August of the following year and used in the stone trade by them until abandoned to sink in Lake Michigan on November 29, 1903.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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