Pierpont (1852)
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The Pierpont was built at Sacketts Harbor, New York in 1852. She was a schooner with one deck, two masts, scroll figure head and a plain stern. She changed ownership numerous times and had been in a serious accident in the past. The cargo included lumber, iron ore, supplies, and shingles. Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee, 11/25/1881: "Wrecked".
Final Voyage


"The schooner Pierpont... is sunk near the north pier in the outer harbor of the canal. The vessel came in on Friday last, and while lying alongside the pier a hole was stove into her which caused her to fill and sink in about seven feet of water. She had on about $400 worth of iron for F.S. Minor and some merchandise for M. Cochems, of this place, and considerable freight for J.J. Barrings, of Egg Harbor, the most of which will be lost or badly damaged." "The owners of the tug Lawrence have taken the contract to release the schooner Pierpont... the tug worked on her last Saturday, and succeeded in moving her about a foot after breaking all the lines. The heavy southerly wind of Sunday caused the sea to break over her to such an extent that the decks parted from the hull and she is now going to pieces. The vessel will be a total loss." "The following spring, a portion of the Pierpont hull floated into the canal and blocked the channel. This wreckage was removed by the tug Gregory of Sturgeon Bay. Several years later, in 1886, a government dredge brought up the Pierpont's anchor and a few bars of iron."
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"The vessel, Pierpont lies partially buried at the water's edge. The wreckage section is 28'6" long, consisting of keel, floor timbers, first futocks, keelson, bilge ceiling, exterior planking and either a bow or a stern assembly. The stern post was broken off at 6'8"; maximum width of the wreckage was 7'8"."
 
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