Dan Sickles (1868)
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Final Voyage


May 4, 1878. The scow schooner Dan Sickles capsized off Sherman Bay about two and one half miles out in Lake Michigan. The vessel then drifted in towards shore and sunk in sixteen feet of water approximately one mile from shore and two miles north of the east entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. The scow schooner was loaded with cord wood from Detroit bound for Milwaukee when she sprang a leak and became waterlogged. The Dan Sickles capsized once before the same day, but was righted again and proceeded on her way. The second time the vessel was not so fortunate, and her crew of three along with Captain Wilson found it necessary to abandon her. The crew took to the yawl with which they reached the shore in safety. Captain Wilson telegraphed for a tug, and through some misunderstanding he was unable to obtain immediate assistance. The heavy southerly wind which prevailed Monday proved too much for the vessel, which was driven ashore and went to pieces.
Days after the accident, the tug Leviathan salvaged the cargo along with most anything of value except an anchor, towline and a pump that had been lost overboard.
Service History


The wooden scow schooner Dan Sickles was constructed in Detroit, Michigan in 1868. The vessel was rated B1 and valued at $1,700.
1866; Rebuilt at Elba Island, Michigan.
1867; Lost topmast on Lake Michigan.
1867, November; Sunk and later raised and temporarily repaired after striking the wreck of the old propeller Mary Stewart at Pentwater, MI.
1871; Repaired

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Milwaukee: 6/29/1878: "Total Loss".
 
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