J.M. Allmendinger (1883)
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Lives Lost
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Final Voyage

"The steambarge J.M. Allmendinger ran aground 11/26/1895 during a gale and blizzard. the Allmendinger, bound to Milwaukee from Sturgeon Bay with a load of lumber, was blown off course and went ashore near Fox Point about 3 am. The vessel ended up about 500 feet offshore near Mequon. The crew was safely removed and the Door County Advocate of 12/21/1895 reported that the steambarge had been stripped and would almost certainly be abandoned." "The steambarge J.M. Allmendinger, which was driven ashore fourteen miles north of Milwaukee late in the season of 1895 and abandoned as a total loss, has at last gone to pieces and her timbers lie scattered along the beach. Not a vestige of the craft remains in sight at the point where she struck. From the time of her abandonment until well along in February the hull and upperworks remained intact and conveyed the idea to some the vessel might be rescued. But the constant beating of heavy seas resulting from the prevailing easterly winds finally disintegrated the hull, and when the collapse came it was of the most complete description, every vestige of the steamer being wiped out in a single night."

The steambarge J.M. Almendinger is believed to be located fourteen miles north of Milwaukee in Donges Bay, about 500 feet from shore, in 30 feet of water. The vessel's location was reported to WHS by Bob Jaeck
Service History

Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee 12/7/1895: "Stranded Total Loss"
Confirmed Location     Unconfirmed location
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