Illinois (1848)
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The wooden two masted schooner Illinois was built in 1848 by J. Randall in St. Joseph, Michigan. In 1861 the vessel was valued at $1,200 and rated C1. In 1863 she was valued at$2,500 and rated B2. The official registry number was 12082.

November 1854: Grounded on a bar at Grand Haven, Michigan

October 1858: Ashore at Grand Haven, Michigan.

1861: Some repairs.

May 1868: Collided with the bark Newsboy 25 miles of of Muskegon, Michigan; waterlogged with 95,000 feet of lumber.

November 1869: Collided with the propeller City Of Fremont in Lake Michigan off Kenosha.

1871: Large repairs.

November 1871: Waterlogged on Lake Michigan.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 9/30/1875: "Total Loss".
Final Voyage


October 29,1873. The lumber laden two masted schooner Illinois, bound for Chicago, went ashore broadside on the beach about 2 1/2 miles south of Baileys Harbor and sank. The vessel was badly damaged, and a salvage attempt in May of 1874 proved futile.

"Last Monday an attempt was made to raise the schooner Illinois, which ran ashore and sank near Smith's pier, during the gale of Oct. 29th, '73, but without success." Door County Advocate 5/14/1874.
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The wreck of the Illinois is broken up and partially buried under stream cobble; inundated to a depth of 1'. The exposed length of 41'6" was revealed after excavation; the remainder of the vessel ; original length has been estimated 82'-124'. Extant are the bilges and lower trunk; wreck is greatly eroded.
 
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