Ebenezer (1890)
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"The schooner usually wintered in Eagle Harbor, where repairs were always necessary in anticipation of a new season, and spent the summers at the old wood dock across Eagle Bay from Ephraim. Despite this constant attention, The Ebenezer, like all of the wooden schooners, was losing her struggle with the elements. In 1905, the last Ebenezer was grounded for good because of a badly leaking bottom in the inner harbor at Ephraim where she was born. The slanting deck of the old schooner became a playground for the children of Ephraim in all seasons until the ice of winter and the waves of summer scattered her bones over the beaches and bottom of Eagle Harbor." Schooner Days in Door County, Walter and Mary K. Hirthe
Service History


June 1890: The wooden three masted scow schooner Ebenezer was built on the beach in Ephraim, Wisconsin by the Norwegian Fordel Hogenson and his sons.
"The Ebenezer became the workhorse of Ephraim, transporting food and other necessities to the people on the west side of northern Door County. In preparation for the long winter months, when Green Bay was frozen over and the few trails on land were impassable, the Ebenezer would deliver fish, cordwood, and cedar posts to Green Bay and return with food and other provisions needed to survive the winter. After the last run of the season, the Ebenezer would usually winter in Ephraim with other trading schooners." Schooner Days In Door County, Walter and Mary K. Hirthe

May, 1895: Salvagers transferred most of the load of bricks from the J.H. Johnson (which was wrecked on a limestone reef near Sister Bay on the Door Peninsula) to the Ebenezer.

1899 thru the early 1900's: The Ebenezer usually wintered in Eagle Harbor where general repairs were often made. Summers were spent docked across Eagle Bay from Emphraim.

Last Document Of Enrollment No. 95 Surrendered: Milwaukee: April 12, 1897: "Abandoned".
 
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