October 1, 1887. The schooner Frank D. Barker
, bound from Manistee to Escanba for a load of ore, stranded on Spider Island Reef owing to "thick weather". The vessel later capsized and went to pieces.
"The tug Spalding
was sent down during the day following, but the wind and waves had got in their work in the meantime and nothing could be done to save the stranded craft. Capt. Lynch, the master, therefore abandoned his vessel to the underwriters, and she will be stripped as soon as possible."
--From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files