The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wisconsin (Propeller), aground/sunk, 13 Feb 1882

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Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 14. -- Private advices from Grand Haven this forenoon state that the propeller WISCONSIN, of the Goodrich Transportation Company, sunk at that point by running on the north pier. The first report of the disaster led to a slight misunderstanding as to the vessel's condition, the dispatch inferring that she had sunk outside and would prove a total loss. The report caused no little anxiety for a time, and a couple of tugs with steam pumps were at once ordered into service. Subsequent reports, however, showed that the WISCONSIN, while entering the harbor about 4 o'clock this morning, struck the north pier, about 12 feet abaft the stern, tearing a hole eighteen feet in length and five feet wide in her hull. The inside casing of iron was also penetrated, and she immediately began to sink. Captain Smallman succeeded in working her up the harbor until the head of the river was reached, and she sank there. Her forward hold is full of water, and her cargo will be partially destroyed. The cargo and hull insured for $125,000. The WISCONSIN will be raised and towed here for repairs.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, March, 1882

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Reason: aground/sunk
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Wisconsin (Propeller), aground/sunk, 13 Feb 1882