Schooner Daniel Lyons

Schooner Daniel Lyons (HM11XN)

Location: Algoma, WI 54201 Kewaunee County
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N 44° 36.458', W 87° 25.92'

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Historic 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 northeast of here, the wooden schooner Daniel Lyons rests 110 feet beneath Lake Michigan's waves. The three-masted Daniel Lyons delivered grain to ports around the Great Lakes in the 1870s, until a collision sent her to the bottom in the early morning of Oct. 18, 1878.

On Oct. 17, 1878, the Daniel Lyons departed Chicago at one A.M., loaded with wheat and bound for Buffalo, New York. She made her way up the Wisconsin coastline easily in the light fall breeze, until she was offshore from Clay Banks in Door County. About four A.M., the red and green lights of another vessel appeared in the darkness. It was the Kate Gillett, heavily laden with fence posts and bound for Chicago. The ships tried to avoid one another, but the Kate Gillett rammed the starboard side of the Lyons, piercing her hull.

The two vessels remained locked together long enough for the captain and crew of the Daniel Lyons to jump aboard the Gillett. When the ships separated, the Daniel Lyons quickly sank.

Today, the hull has collapsed. Masts, gaffs, booms, wire rope, and other rigging are strewn about the wreck site, and divers can examine deck winches and a windlass. The site is marked seasonally by a WHS mooring Buoy.
HM NumberHM11XN
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin's Maritime Trails series
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society, UW Sea Grant Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 465720 N 4939455
Decimal Degrees44.60763333, -87.43200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 36.458', W 87° 25.92'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 36' 27.48" N, 87° 25' 55.20" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Steele St, Algoma WI 54201, US
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