O.M. Nelson (1882)
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The O.M. Nelson a two masted schooner, was built in 1862 at Sutton's Bay, Michigan. Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee, 6/13/1899: "Total Loss"
Final Voyage


June 4, 1899. The O.M. Nelson, out of her home port, Milwaukee, was taking a load of lumber to Sister Bay. As she approached Death's Door, the weather turned foggy, windy and hostile. Before the ship's position could be ascertained, she was hard and fast on the rocks about 4 feet out on the south side of Pilot Island. On June 6th, the wrecking tug Monarch from Escanaba tried to free the Nelson without success. Thus the salvagers stripped the schooner of her rigging, anchors, and chain, and gave up. Later the vessel succombed to the violent lake storms.
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