Laurina (1875)
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The Laurina was built in 1872 (possibly 1870) as a sand scow schooner. She had spent much of her time in the lumber trade and was rebuilt in 1881. Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee, 8/01/1893: "Total Loss"
Final Voyage


"As a result of the storm in this harbor the scow Laurina is resting on the rocks close alongside of the breakwater at the foot of Knapp Street. She was bound for Racine with a load of hardwood lumber and put into the harbor, Wednesday afternoon and cast her anchor. In the evening she seemed to be riding easily and was apparently safe. But early in the morning when the storm greatly increased, her anchor began dragging and she was driven ashore. About 3 a.m. she sent up signals of distress which were noticed on shore, when the signals were fired the scow was along side of the breakwater, though the crew was not aware of its close proximity. When the crew discovered how near they were to land they had no difficulty in getting off the boat." MS 4/21/1893 "The deckload and the greater portion of the lumber in the hold of the scow Laurina has been removed. The lumber was transferred from the boat to cars." 4/26/1893 "An attempt was made by the revenue cutter Andy Johnson yesterday to release the schooner Laurina from her position on the rocks at the breakwater in the bay, but proved fruitless. The schooner was pulled about a foot when her tow port was destroyed and further effort was abandoned. The schooner is badly damaged, and it is not likely that another attempt will be made to pull her off as the cost such work would exceed her value." MS 5/05/1893
 
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