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Oak Creek in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Schooner Lumberman

Historic Shipwreck

 

—Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails —

 
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
1. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Inscription. 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 feet beneath the surface of Lake Michigan, lies the well-preserved wreck of the Lumberman. For three decades, the three-masted wooden schooner hauled lumber, barrel staves, railroad ties, and other forest products from isolated towns on Lake Michigan to the hungry markets of Chicago.

On April 6, 1893, Captain Orin Vose was sailing northward for the first load of the season. It was his first trip in command of the Lumberman. Suddenly, fierce southwest winds slammed into the ship. The crew frantically tried to shorten sail, but the winds were too strong. The Lumberman capsized and sank.

Entangled in the rigging, Captain Vose almost drowned. But he and the crew climbed to the top of the masts, which protruded above the water when the Lumberman settled on the bottom. Three hours later, the passing steamer Menominee rescued the sailors from their cold, precarious perch.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.
 
Marker series.
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
2. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Close-up of main text body
This marker is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.03′ N, 87° 50.37′ W. Marker is in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker can be reached from Ryan Road one mile east of Wisconsin Highway 32. Touch for map. Marker is located in Bender Park at the far eastern end of Ryan Road, next to the boat launch. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Creek WI 53154, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawson Airplane Company (approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing); 32nd Division Memorial Highway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Green Bay Road (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1888 Bohemian School House (approx. 4.7 miles away); 41 Twin Outdoor Theatre (approx. 6.3 miles away); General Mitchell Field (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Wind Point Lighthouse (approx. 7.2 miles away); Surf Boat Rail (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Ship Wrecks. (Submitted on April 4, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
2. Wisconsin Maritime Trails. (Submitted on April 4, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
 
Additional keywords. Shipwrecks
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
3. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Close-up of photo in upper left hand corner. Historic image of schooner Burt Barnes, similar to the Lumberman. Photo courtesy Historic Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
4. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Close-up of lower left hand corner. Today, the largely intact Lumberman reminds us of how much life on the Great Lakes has changed in the last 150 years.
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
5. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Close-up of archaelogical site plan.
Schooner Lumberman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, March 29, 2011
6. Schooner Lumberman Marker
Looking out at Lake Michigan from the Bender Park dock house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on May 10, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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