James H. Johnson (1882)
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Final Voyage


The five crew members of the J.H.Johnson were rescued by fishermen in their poundnet boat after she was stranded on the unmarked Horseshoe Reef of Sister Bay. In normal years she may well have cleared the reef, but 1895 was a year of low water. The cargo of hay was destroyed, although most of the bricks were salvaged within days by salvagers from the Ebenezer. The Johnson began to disintegrate washing the hay and her cabin ashore. By spring, she was scattered around the reef along with any remaining bricks.
Today


The wreck of the James Johnson lies in 20 to 25 feet of water along the base of the reef near the section of Horshoe Reefs known as the "Rock". The Johnson has been reduced by storms and ice to its keelson members along with some ribbing and planks. Many bricks litter the area giving the name of the site "Brick Boat".
Service History


James H. Johnson's home port was Milwaukee. Last document, Enrollment No. 35 was surrendered Milwaukee, May 14, 1895 "Total Loss".
 
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