Leila C. (1928)
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Lives Lost
Depth (ft)
Service History

"The Leila C, built at Sturgeon Bay Boat Works for about $8,000, had been a hoodoo ship from the first. Soon after launching, the boat's engine threw a rod, necessitating factory repairs. Three weeks later, it was rammed and sank... and of course, was uninsured. Naturally salvage was attempted by the Coast Guard and just as naturally, it failed. Underwater ledges made the dragging operations largely futile. Thus the Leila C was a total loss."
Final Voyage

"The Leila C, a brand new, 40 foot Washington Island fishing tug, was cruising through Death's Door two miles southeast of Pilot Island skippered by her owner, Leslie Cornell. Also in the Door on this slightly hazy morning was the ore freighter S.B. Coolidge enroute to Escanaba under the command of Captain "Mos" Johnson. The two vessels, not detecting the other's presence, met suddenly at right angles resulting in cleavage of the tug's port bow section. Cornell and his mate, Alfred Johnson, tried to jettison a fuel tank to lighten the wounded fishboat, but to no avail; she sank within 15 minutes in about 150 feet of water. Cornell and Johnson were rescued by the ferry Wisconsin."
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