Sheboygan in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
— 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 lies the Gallinipper, the oldest commercial vessel found in Wisconsin waters of the Great Lakes. Built in 1833, the wooden schooner began her days in the Great Lakes fur trade and finished her career bringing waves of immigrants to the new state of Wisconsin. Despite her age, the historic vessel lies upright and intact on the bottom of Lake Michigan.
She was commissioned by Michael Dousman, an agent of the American Fur Company at Mackinac Island. Originally named for Dousman’s daughter, the Nancy Dousman carried furs from trading posts along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. She often retu[r]ned westbound with passengers and provisions for Fort Michilimackinac. She later brought supplies to Dousman’s warehouse and store in the frontier village of Milwaukee.
By 1846, she had been wrecked, sunk, raised, and rebuilt.
On July 5, 1851, the Gallinipper sailed out of the Milwaukee harbor to pick up a cargo of lumber in Bay de Noque, near Escanaba, Mich. A sudden squall caught her between Sheboygan and Manitowoc. The tiny ship capsized, and her crew was forced to abandon her. All seven crew and two passengers were rescued by the schooner Cleopatra, which happened to be nearby.
Erected by Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails series list.
Location. 43° 45.888′ N, 87° 41.784′ W. Marker is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in Sheboygan County. Marker is on Broughton Drive. Marker is located in North Point Park, at the north end of the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheboygan WI 53081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Point /Sheboygan Point (a few steps from this marker); The Phoenix Tragedy Bustling Shipyards (approx. ¾ mile away); Heroic Seamen (approx. ¾ mile away); Fiery Passage (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Home Fleet (approx. 0.9 miles away); Seils–Sterling Circus (approx. 1.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheboygan.
Regarding Schooner Gallinipper. Marker is part of the Wisconsin Maritime Trails marker series.
Additional keywords. Shipwrecks
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.