Near Gills Rock in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pilot Island Site
— 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, David Lester, · Newport, Mich. / rebuilt 1880 · Length: 87.5' / rebuilt 115.6' · Beam: 22.25' / rebuilt 23' · Propulsion: sail, 2 masted / rebuilt 3 masted.
A.P. Nichols · Type: wooden schooner · Built: 1861, Bailey Brothers, · Madison Dock, Ohio · Length: 145' · Beam: 30' · Propulsion: sail, 3 masted.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992
Depth: 20 ~ 50'
Location: NW side of Pilot Island, a seasonal mooring buoy marks the site.
On the night of Oct. 28, 1891, the Forest entered Death's Door en route from Chicago to Nahma, Mich. A gale struck and drove the schooner onto the reef at Pilot Island. The next day, the crew of five rowed to shore and took refuge at the lighthouse. The following fall the dangerous passage wrecked two more ships at the same spot. On Oct.
The wrath of Death's Door battered the three stranded schooners for several years, scattering pieces in all directions. The tangled wreckage now allows divers to visit three victims of Death's Door in a single dive.
Through the Maritime Trails, the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Sea Grant are working with local communities to preserve our maritime heritage. To learn more, visit www.maririmetrails.org.
Erected 2002 by the Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails marker series.
Location. 45° 17.423′ N, 86° 58.654′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Highway 42, Ellison Bay WI 54210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Skipper (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rudder from the "City of Glasgow" (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Hotz Estate (approx. 4 miles away); Ellison Bay (approx. 6.1 miles away); Niagara Escarpment (approx. 6.1 miles away); Nature of Sister Bay (approx. 10 miles away); Village of Sister Bay (approx. 10 miles away); Anderson Dock (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gills Rock.
More about this marker. This is a Wisconsin's Maritime Trails marker.
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin's Maritime Trails. (Submitted on November 23, 2010.)
2. Porte des Morts. "The strait is littered with shipwrecks. Some say it has more shipwrecks than any other section of fresh water in the world." (Submitted on November 23, 2010.)
3. Northport Ferry Dock Web Cam. (Submitted on November 23, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 5. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 6. submitted on July 21, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 7. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.