The Emma Leighton
was familiar with the waters of Door County. She had transported cord wood and bark from Fish Creek, Sister Bay and Rowley's Bay, as well as piers on the Michigan side, to Milwaukee and Racine.
The scow schooner Emma Leighton
and the schooner Belle
, both of Racine, lying at Porth's Pier in Rowley's Bay, were driven ashore in a heavy sea during a storm from the East North East Sept. 8, 1885. The Leighton went through the pier carrying away seven cribs. She was a total loss because the lines to the pier parted and her anchors would not hold. The scow was loaded with 40 cords of wood for Milwaukee, Captain George C. Thompson and a crew of three. The estimated value of the vessel was $1,200 and the cargo $60.
The last enrollment of the vessel, issued at Milwaukee, April 28,1885, was surrendered at Milwaukee on Sept. 30, 1885. Cause of surrender: vessel lost.