On March 5, 1913 Captain Thompsen purposely ran the worn out, leaky, Iris
hard aground at Jackson Harbor. Three days later on her final enrollment he listed her as foundered and that all three crew members survived. Over the years anything of value was salvaged and the remaining hull was used as a playground until the 1920s when she was too far gone.
"Between the Rock Island ferry dock and the Ellefson fishing pier in Jackson Harbor ... lays the remains of the 74 foot Iris
. Mostly buried beneath dredge spoil from an adjacent pier, much of the Iris'
lower hull remains intact with the exception of a portion of the centerboard and centerboard trunk, a 23 foot section of the forward hull from the stempost aft, and a 25 foot section of the after hull from the rudder shoe forward."
had a long and colorful history under numerous owners and captains. Over the years she hailed from Port Huron, Mi.,Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Washington Island, Newport,Marinette. Much of her life was spent in local trade carrying cargo such as wood. She made numerous trips between Door County ports and Milwaukee.
"By 1903, the Iris
was one of only a handful of self-propelled schooners actively working the lakes, but she was beginning to show her age." By 1911 the aging vessel had ongoing problems with leaking and she struggled to maintain a livelihood.