was one of the oldest vessels on the lakes and when she was built she was one of the larger vessels. The Main
was a three masted wooden merchant schooner built in 1852.
Last document Surrendered Milwaukee, 9/7/1887: "Total Loss"
"The scow schooner Maine
began making water while en route from White Lake Mich. to Chicago, Ill. Reaching Milwaukee harbor on 10/23/1887, the schooner went ashore when the towline between the Maine and the tug Merrill
, which was to bring the schooner into the harbor, parted. The Maine
then stranded about 250 yards north of the lighthouse piers, and 150 feet offshore "abreast of the Northwestern Company's roundhouse in the Third Ward"(MS) The crew climbed into the rigging, and eventually all six were saved by the Lifesaving Service. The Maine
, however, "worked into the sand until she was rail to" (MS) and broke her back."
broke up on shore before any salvage could be made and her remains were removed for scrap. Much of her cargo of railroad ties drifted out into the lake and were an unqualified menace to navigation for the remainder of the season."