Floretta (1868)
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1868, Enrolled Detroit, Mich. 1868 June, passed Detroit on first trip westward. 1869 July, damaged in collision, Lake Michigan. 1869 October, aground Point Abino, Lake Erie, grain laden; released by tugs Perew & Nims. 1871 March, sails & outfit burned, Detroit. 1872 November, sunk in collision with propeller Ironsides, Milwaukee, raised. 1876, Owned John Long, Chicago. 1877 August, withdrawn as floating hospital & refitted for grain trade. 1878, Chartered to transport deals Grand Haven, Mich. - Europe. 1878 August, outfitted for ocean travel at Detroit. 1880, Collided with schooner Louisa McDonald & sank off Door County. 1881, Repaired. 1882 August, damaged in collision with schooner R.B. King outside Chicago. 1883 November, towed, leaking to Chicago. 1885 September, wrecked, Lake Michigan.
Final Voyage


Milwaukee, September 19, 1885. - A Manitowoc dispatch says that the crew of the schooner Floretta reached there this evening and report that the Floretta foundered eighteen miles off that port. She sprung a leak in the heavy sea last night and the water gained so fast on the pumps that the crew took to the yawl. When half a mile from the vessel, they heard a loud crash. Pieces of the cabin flew in the air and she sunk. The crew of seven reached Manitowoc in the yawl. The vessel was ore laden from Escanaba to Chicago. She was valued at $8.000.
Today


The Floretta sits in about 180 feet of water and is partially broken up. The stern shows the most damage, but on the rest of the wreck the decking is intact. The holds still contain the iron ore cargo and there are three anchors on her bow. There are reports of fishing nets draped over portions of the wreck.
 
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