The three masted schooner Lumberman
, constructed at Blendon's Landing, Michigan in 1862, was built to serve the Great Lake's expanding lumber trade. She had a long career carrying forest products from isolated logging out posts on both sides of Lake Michigan to major urban centers such as Chicago.
"The schooner Lumberman
en route from Chicago to Whitefish Bay to load ties for V.& C. Mashek, was caught in a black squall and capsized and sunk in ten fathoms of water about 17 miles southeast of Milwaukee. The disaster occurred about 3 pm on Friday the 6th (April 1893). The squall threw the vessel on her beam ends, causing her to fill with water. She then righted herself and went to the bottom. The crew climbed into the rigging and were later rescued by the steamer Menominee
"Despite the intentions of an enterprising Racine tugboat operator, Edward Gillan, the Lumberman
was never salvaged. At the end of June 1893, Gillen removed Lumberman's
spars but left the hull undisturbed. By late August, Lumberman
had become just one mire of thousands of abandoned shipwrecks scattered across the bottom of the Great Lakes."
, resting upright in 70 feet of water was rediscovered in 1983 by Dan Johnson and others after intensive searching. Johnson claimed the wreck through an admiralty court action and removed some of the artifacts. The mostly intact wreck has become southern Lake Michigan's most popular dive site. Along with the impact of divers is the infestation of Zebra mussels and along with the natural settling of the hull, there is fear her hull will split open.