"The schooner Japan
was wrecked at Andrew Nelson's pier in Garret Bay, the innermost part of Hedgehog Harbor, during the big blow of Monday (10/21/1885) and is a total loss. She was loading wood when the blow came up, and being unable to get under way, the heavy seas made her strike bottom and go to pieces. She had about one hundred and twenty cords of wood on board when the disaster happened. " Door County Advocate October 22, 1885.
The wooden two masted schooner Japan
was built in 1853 at Milan, Ohio by the builder Salmon Ruggles. The vessel was valued at $5,300 and rated B1 in 1861. Her official number was 12761.
1861: Major repairs.
June 1863: Collided with the schooner Grenada
in the Straits Of Mackinac. The Japan
made it to the St. Clair River for temporary repairs.
March 1864: Readmeasured.
September 1869: Sunk after hitting a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.
June 1871: Aground on Harsens Island on the St. Clair River.
July 1872: Stranded near the entrance of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 10/29/1885: "Vessel Lost October 21, 1885".