J.A. Travis (1867)
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The wooden three masted schooner J.A. Travis was built in Pentwater, Michigan in 1867 by W. Arnold for the Graham Brothers. The official number was 13862.

September 1868: The Travis capsized near Grand Haven, Michigan.

June 1869: Schooner J.A. Travis dismasted by lightning on Lake Michigan.

November 1872: Struck the pier at Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

1874: Lengthened and rebuilt.

July 1875: Schooner J.A. Travis was badly damaged by being run into by the schooner S.J. Luff at Milwaukee.

1885: Rebuilt.

Last Document Of Enrollment No.37 Surrendered: Milwaukee: December 5, 1893: "Total Loss".
Final Voyage


November 17,1893: "The schooner J.A. Travis was wrecked on the reef off North Point (east side of Door County) on Friday and Saturday, Capt. Albert Icke left Ellison Bay (Door County) on Thursday bound for Milwaukee, and after getting out into the lake he encountered so much wind and sea that he decided to run into North Bay for shelter. In making the attempt the vessel missed stays and before it could be prevented she went on the reef. Having lost their yawl and being unable to get the five men off, the people on shore sent a messager to Ellison bay to telephone to the life-saving crew at the canal for help.
The boys had only just got back from Ahnapee, where they had been summoned to aid the crew of the schooner Rising Star, but they forthwith got ready to set out on their missionof mercy. Securing the tug Evenson the lifeboat and other necessary outfit was taken to North Bay, where they arrived at an early hour Saturday morning. No trouble was encountered in getting Capt. Icke and his men off, after which the life-savers returned to the station at the cut.
The Travis was loaded with wood. Also a quantity of potatoes and other farm products, all of which were a total loss. There was no insurance on the vessel or cargo. The loss will reach several thousand dollars, an amount that Capt. Icke can ill afford at this time.
The Travis, though an old vessel, had been rebuilt a couple of times, and was in excellent shape for business when she went on the reef." Door County Advocate November 25, 1893.
 
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