Schooner Gallinipper

Schooner Gallinipper (HM1GQQ)

Location: Sheboygan, WI 53081 Sheboygan County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 45.888', W 87° 41.784'

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Historic Shipwreck

— Wisconsin 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 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 warehouse and store in the frontier village of Milwaukee.

By 1846, she had been wrecked, sunk, raised, and rebuilt. Her length was increased by 26 feet, she was renamed the Gallinipper (a biting fly or mosquito), and she now worked in the booming Lake Michigan lumber trade.

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.
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 12:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 443946 N 4845985
Decimal Degrees43.76480000, -87.69640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 45.888', W 87° 41.784'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 45' 53.28" N, 87° 41' 47.04" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27-299 Broughton Dr, Sheboygan WI 53081, US
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