Lightship 57 (1891)
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"The steam-screw Lightship 57 was designed as an experiment for use during navigation on Lake Michigan. She was stationed from 1891 to 1923 at Gray's Reef. Over the years, constructional defects were corrected and fog and submarine bells added." "Her design description is as follows: "Wood framed & planked; white oak fastened with 5/8" square iron spikes; 2 masts, daymark on fore; spencer mast aft of main for riding sail; stack on deckhouse amidships." "She was illuminated by a "cluster of 3 oil-burning lens lanterns hoisted to each masthead." "Fog Signal: 6" steam whistle, hand operated bell." Maximum speed 8 knots.
Final Voyage


The Lightship 57 was retired from lightship duty in 1923 at the age of 32 years. "In 1924 she was condemned and dismantled and brought to Milwaukee and lay in Norwegian Alley several years. She was marked Gray's Reef on sides. Later taken to South Shore Beach, Milwaukee, south of Russell Avenue, where she was used as a clubhouse (starting in 1928) several years and then wrecked by a storm. The wreck ...was seen against the 1913 seawall by Russ Sommer, Ray Glischand and others of South Shore Yacht Club. The bow is to the north and the stern to the south." "The Milwaukee Journal of 11/28/1926 reported her to have been bought by a junk dealer who "removed the pig iron and sold it with all else removable and salable." "The vessel is the only known example of a light ship left in Wisconsin, He said." (Cooper).
Today


" Underwater divers discovered the Lightship 57 about 600 feet south of South Shore Park's northern tip right along the shore. Cooper said the ship, parts of which were found poking through the lake's floor, was buried under sand and silt in 6 to 12 foot deep water."
 
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