Florence M. Dickinson (1855)
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Rig changed from steamer screw to steamer barge in November 11, 1879. "The Emerald and Dickinson, as well as the Lottie May and Bissell, have no insurance rating; in fact, they are of little value. They were what they have proven themselves to be, death traps. They were old rotten hulks which should have been confined to the boneyard years ago." --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
Final Voyage


While off the Manitou Islands, the tug Justice Field with four barges in tow--the F.M. Dickinson, Emerald, Lillie May and Bissel--were caught in a severe easterly gale. The five vessels were headed for Manitowoc, where the Dickinson and the Emerald were bound. Off Kewaunee, the Dickinson was forced to fend for herself when the towline parted. Since the Dickinson was leaking, her master attempted to run her ashore, but she struck a reef offshore. Then between 7 and 8 am the Dickinson foundered. Four of the seven persons on board made it to shore on planks. At noon of the same day, the Emerald went ashore and all but one of the seven-man crew was drowned.
 
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