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Centuries of exploration, travel, commerce, and recreation on the Great Lakes have left an impressive trail of maritime cultural resources along Wisconsin's Great Lakes shorelines and bottomlands.
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 23, 2011
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Wisconsin (Ashland County), Ashland — Schooner LucerneHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type; Wooden Schooner, three-masted Built: 1873, Parsons & Humble, Tonawanda, N.Y. Sank: November 17, 1886 Length: 195’ Beam: 34’ Cargo: Grain, coal, and iron ore Depth: 20’ Lives Lost: 9 Listed on the National Register of Historic . . . — Map (db m46920) HM
Wisconsin (Ashland County), La Pointe — Early VesselsWisconsin's Maritime Trails
Native American canoes launched North America’s maritime legacy about 12,000 years ago, making them among the world’s oldest watercraft. The origins of the birchbark canoe are told in the oral traditions of the Ojibwe people. The spirit . . . — Map (db m57836) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — Bayfield Historic WaterfrontEastern Waterfront / Ferry Dock — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Bayfield’s history has been powerfully shaped by its location. Situated on the shores of a deep, natural harbor, the city is sheltered from Lake Superior’s notorious storms by the outlying Apostle Islands. Lighthouses, shipwrecks, and a historic . . . — Map (db m57835) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Town of Russell — Steamer SevonaHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Type: Steel, bulk and package freighter Built: 1890, Frank W. Wheeler, Bay City, Mich. Sank: September 2, 1905 Length: 372’ Beam: 41’ Cargo: Iron ore Propulsion: Propeller Depth of Wreckage: 25’ Lives Lost: 7 Listed on the . . . — Map (db m46907) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — Washburn Historic WaterfrontBigelow / Hines Railroad Trestle — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
In the early days of Washburn, the waterfront was filled with saw mills. The A.A. Bigelow Mill (1887-1902), later to become the Hines Mill, was the largest of three major sawmills in Washburn. It rested on pilings that ran directly out from the . . . — Map (db m57839) HM
Wisconsin (Door County), Baileys Harbor — Schooner Christina NilssonHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Type: wooden schooner Built: 1871, Hanson & Scove, Manitowoc, Wis. Sank: Oct. 24, 1884 Length: 139.4' Beam 26' Cargoes: pig iron Propulsion: sail, three-masted Depth of wreckage: 15' Listed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m74261) HM
Wisconsin (Door County), Cana Island — Steamer Frank O'ConnorHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails

Type: wooden bulk carrier Built: 1892 as City of Naples, James Davidson, West Bay City, Mich. Sank: Oct. 2, 1919 Length: 301' Beam 42.5' Cargoes: grain, coal, and iron ore Propulsion: triple-expansion steam engine; propeller . . . — Map (db m89957) HM

Wisconsin (Door County), Gills Rock — Pilot Island SiteHistoric Shipwrecks — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
J.E. Gilmore · Type: wooden schooner · Built: 1867, Asa Wilcox, · Three Mile Bay, N.Y. · Length: 137.7' · Beam: 25.4' · Propulsion: sail, 2 masted. Forest · Type: wooden scow-schooner · Built: 1857, . . . — Map (db m38339) HM
Wisconsin (Door County), Institute — Scow Schooner Ocean WaveHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden schooner, two-masted Built: 1860, Robert Chambers, Harsen's Island, Mich. Sank: September 23, 1869 Length: 73'   Beam 20' Cargo: Stone Depth of Wreckage: 110' Listed on the National Register of Historic Places . . . — Map (db m74312) HM
Wisconsin (Door County), Sturgeon Bay — Door County's Stone Fleet — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Behind you, Government Bluff rises 150 feet above the waters of Sturgeon Bay. It was here that Door County’s first industry began in 1834 — a limestone quarry. Originally intended for a military fort that was never constructed, the stone was . . . — Map (db m74258) HM
Wisconsin (Door County), Sturgeon Bay — Steam Barge JoysHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Resting 150 yards off shore from here is the wreckage of the steam barge Joys, a vessel once hailed as a “greyhound among lumber carriers” for her record-breaking speed. The Joys was constructed in 1884 in the Milwaukee Ship Yard . . . — Map (db m43400) HM
Wisconsin (Grant County), Cassville — Historic Cassville Ferry — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Cassville's first ferry, a 40-foot rowboat, crossed the Mississippi River in 1833. In 1836, the ferry carried a 23-year-old New Yorker named Nelson Dewey across the river. Dewey was lured to Cassville by its promise as the potential capital of the . . . — Map (db m43673) HM
Wisconsin (Kenosha County), Kenosha — Early VesselsWisconsin's Maritime Trails
Native American canoes launched America’s maritime legacy about 12,000 years ago, making them among the world’s oldest watercraft. Ancient dugout canoes are occasionally preserved when environmental conditions are just right. The canoe above . . . — Map (db m57837) HM
Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Schooner Daniel LyonsHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
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 . . . — Map (db m56036) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Sidewheel Riverboat War EagleHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden sidewheel riverboat Built: 1854, Fulton, Ohio Sank: May 14, 1870 Length: 219’ Beam: 29’ Cargoes: Mail, package freight, passengers, troops Propulsion: Paddlewheel Depth of Wreckage: 10’ Determined Eligible for National . . . — Map (db m83772) HM
Wisconsin (Manitowoc County), Manitowoc — Steam Barge Francis HintonHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden steam barge Built: 1889, Hansen & Scove, Manitowoc, Wis. Sank: November 16, 1909 Length: 152’ Beam: 31’ Cargoes: Lumber, wood products Propulsion: Propeller Depth of Wreckage: 15’ Listed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m56035) HM
Wisconsin (Manitowoc County), Two Rivers — Schooner Rouse SimmonsHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden schooner, three-masted Built: 1868, Allen McClelland and Company, Milwaukee Sank: November 23, 1912 Length: 124’ Beam: 27’ Cargo: Lumber, wood products, Christmas trees Depth of Wreckage: 165’ Lives lost: 16 Listed on . . . — Map (db m56033) HM
Wisconsin (Manitowoc County), Two Rivers — Steamer ContinentalHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
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 . . . — Map (db m53709) HM
Wisconsin (Manitowoc County), Two Rivers — Steamer VernonHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: packet steamer Built: 1886, J.P. Smith, Chicago Sank: October 29, 1887 Lives lost: 40 to 50 Length: 177’ Beam: 26’ Cargo: passengers, pig iron, produce, fish, package freight, barrel staves Propulsion: steam screw (propeller) . . . — Map (db m68718) HM
Wisconsin (Milwaukee County), Milwaukee — Carferry SS MilwaukeeHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: railroad carferry, steel hull Built: 1903, American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio Sank: October 22, 1929 Lives Lost: 40-50 Length: 388’ Beam: 56’ Cargo: train cars (loaded), tubs, mixed freight, 3 automobiles Propulsion: triple . . . — Map (db m42299) HM
Wisconsin (Milwaukee County), Oak Creek — Schooner LumbermanHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden schooner, three-masted Built: 1862, Hilyne C. Litchfield, Blendon’s Landing, Mich.; Rebuilt 1889 Sank: April 7, 1892 Length: 126’ Beam 23’ Cargo: Lumber, wood products Depth: 60’ Four miles offshore from this spot, 60 . . . — Map (db m42300) HM
Wisconsin (Milwaukee County), Shorewood — Steamer AppomattoxHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden bulk carrier Built: 1896, Davidson Shipyard, West Bay City, Mich. Sank: November 2, 1905, stranded Length: 319’ Beam: 42’ Cargo: Iron ore, coal Propulsion: Triple-expansion steam engine, propeller Depth of Wreckage: 20’ . . . — Map (db m42301) HM
Wisconsin (Ozaukee County), Port Washington — Sidewheel Steamer NiagaraHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: sidewheel “palace steamer” Built: 1846, Bidwell & Banta, Buffalo, N.Y. Sank: Sept. 24, 1856, burned Length: 245’ Beam: 33’ Cargoes: passengers, package freight Propulsion: single-cylinder walking beam engine, . . . — Map (db m47079) HM
Wisconsin (Racine County), Wind Point — Schooner Kate KellyHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden schooner, two-masted Built: 1867, Martell, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Rebuilt 1875-1876 Sank: May 14, 1895 Length: 126’ Beam: 25’ Cargo: Grain, coal, and lumber Depth: 55’ Lives Lost: 7 About two miles offshore from here, the . . . — Map (db m42297) HM
Wisconsin (Sheboygan County), Sheboygan — Schooner GallinipperHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden schooner, two-masted Built: 1833, Augustus Jones, Black River, Ohio Sank: July 5, 1851 Length: 95’ Beam: 21’ Cargo: Furs, provisions, passengers, grain, lumber Depth of Wreckage: 210’ About 17 miles northeast of here . . . — Map (db m77279) HM
Wisconsin (Winnebago County), Menasha — Menasha LockBuilders and Owners of the Fox River Locks — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Size: 144’ x 35’ Lift: 9.7’ Construction: Concrete walls and steel gates Built 1852. Rehabilitated 1937. Rebuilt 1978-1979. Filling Time: About 4 min. Emptying Time: About 4 min. Since its completion in 1856, the Fox River navigation . . . — Map (db m77281) HM

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