Alma (1887)
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Final Voyage


An historical account of the wreck of the Alma: "The third boat to be wrecked this season in sight of the Milwaukee Harbor was the scow Alma which has been used the past season to carry gravel from the pits north of the city to the harbor. She was loaded Tuesday and that night started for the city. There was a stiff southeast breeze blowing and all night long the schooner tacked about the bay trying to make the harbor. In the meantime her hold filled with water, and about 6 o'clock yesterday morning she capsized, dumping her deck load into the lake. The crew of three men scrambled onto the bottom of the boat and despite the terrible sea which was rolling clung to the hull until taken off by the fishing schooner Prince, which happened to be passing. Had they not been discovered at that time the men would undoubtedly have been drowned as they could not have hung to the side of the upturned scow for any great length of time. The Alma was the property of the roofing firm of A. Wronsted & Co., and when built cost $1,200. No tug was sent out to the boat yesterday, but marine men were of the opinion that the hull would not be worth the expense that would be entailed in its recovery." --Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology files; The Milwaukee Sentinel, May 19, 1892.
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"The Alma fetched up hard on the rocks just north of present day Bradford Beach and it is likely that she was allowed to break up where she was as she would not have been a serious navigation hazard. She probably grounded in 15 to 20 feet of water and her spines may still lie flattened on the bottom if they haven't come ashore or been buried."
Service History


The Alma was a small two masted scow schooner with a plain stem and square stern. She had been sold five times during her five years in existence.

Last date of enrollment 9/23/1892: Port of Milwaukee: Total Loss.
 
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