Jo Vilas (1857)
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The Jo Vilas "was a coastal trading schooner carrying all manner of cargo between Lake Michigan ports.. she was an average sized schooner for her day... and had many owners during her nineteen years on the lakes and was sold six times. She had sailed out of Manitowoc and Milwaukee and was a fairly well known vessel along the Wisconsin coast." Last document surrendered Chicago 12/31/76 (papers lost).
Final Voyage


"October 9, 1876, the schooner Jo Vilas, lumber laden, bound for Chicago from White Lake, Michigan, foundered and capsized in a southwestern gale midway between Racine and Kenosha and 30 miles out. The deckload of lumber was washed overboard, while the 6-man crew survived on a make-shift raft until rescued by the schooner Andrew Jackson. She was probably broke up and sank: her crew were brought safely back to Racine"
 
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