March 30, 1857: The coastal schooner George Hanson
, was bound from Chicago to Dutchman's Point or possibly Racine/Kenosha for a cargo of wood. The vessel was out in a gale and most certainly capsized and foundered during that gale. Some reports state she was on her way to pick up the cargo of wood, but it appears she had already received the cargo and had just left when caught in the storm.
"VESSEL SUNK AND FOUR LIVES LOST.-
The masts of a sunken vessel standing out of the water off Kenosha harbor, were discovered some time since, and it has been ascertained that the sunken vessel is the little schooner Gerorge Hanson
, of Chicago.
She was out in a gale of April 1st, and it is rendered almost certain that she capsized, and that all on board, three brothers and a brother-in-law, were drowned." Buffalo Daily Republic, April 17, 1857.
The George Hanson
was a total loss, only a new mast was ever recovered (by the steam tug McQueen
) from the vessel. Four members of the Nichols family who owned the vessel were lost.
Even thought the George Hanson
was last seen, setting on the bottom, one mile north of Kenosha by the steam tug McQueen
, with the mastheads protruding from the water, the remains of the wreck have not yet been located.