The Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology files contain two accounts of the wreck of the Ardent
"The schooner Ardent
, of Milwaukee, is on the beach at Hedgehog Harbor. She has been stripped and left for good. She was loaded with wood and bark for Wm Voight. The cargo can nearly all be saved. The wreck was caused by the anchor chain breaking." Door County Advocate, October 21,1880
"Capt. Joseph Duke, master and owner of the schooner Ardent
, reached this city yesterday and reports that the vessel parted her anchor chain in Hedgehog Harbor during a forty-mile gale from the west on the 5th inst., and found the beach, where she soon became a total wreck. The vessel was laden with bark from Ellison's Bay for this port, most of which, with the vessel's outfit, were saved. In his wreck report Capt. Duke places his loss at $600, and the loss on cargo at $400. The Ardent
measured 57 tons and was built 19 years ago." Milwaukee Sentinel, October 13,1880.
The last enrollment #42 issued at the Port of Milwaukee on December 27, 1879 was surrendered at Milwaukee on October 5, 1880; Cause of Surrender "Total Loss".