Lilly E. (1869)
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The two masted schooner McDonald was launched on may 22nd, 1869 with the primary purpose to carry freight such as shingles, lath and lumber. In 1876 a third mast was added. She was involved in an accident in 1880 and another in 1882. The McDonald's name was changed to Lily E. at the end of 1882 when she was sold to M. Engelman from Manistee. She experianced problems while delivering lumber to the M.Engelman & Co. in Milwaukee when she missed the harbor entrance and struck the pier during a heavy northwest gale. Anchors were put out but she was still carried onto the beach. After days of difficult work she was pulled off and towed to the nearby dock. Again in November, 1883 she struck a pier during a gale and stranded on the beach. She was bought and sold a few more times over the following years and in 1912 she was laid up in the mud at the Sturgeon Bay boneyard for several years. She was then towed to Milwaukee where she was converted from a lumber schooner to a schooner of leisure where she spent her remaining time at the Milwaukee Yacht Club.
Final Voyage


"after serving seven years as the South Shore Yacht Club's floating headquarters, the old schooner Lily E. was abandoned and burned in the midsummer of 1922. The vessel's former anchorage was filled in by the city, and the South Shore Yacht Club was constructed on the fill."
Today


"The Lily E. reportedly lies under the present gate to the South Shore Yacht Club."
 
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