Tanner (1863)
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"The three masted schooner Tanner was built in Milwaukee in 1863 by Ellsworth & Davidson. She lost her foremast on her maiden voyage due to defect in the timber used in its construction. Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee 9/9/1875: "Total Loss".
Final Voyage


"About 10:00 P.M., September 9, 1875, the Tanner stranded in a severe northeast gale on Jones Island, Milwaukee, south of the harbor piers. She was bound from Milwaukee to Buffalo, New York, with a cargo of wheat. She sank in about twenty feet of water. The captain and crew of nine took to the rigging where they stayed all night. At daylight the captain jumped into the sea, and in an effort to gain shore, drowned. One of the masts fell soon after the loss of the captain and the schooner started going to pieces. About noon on September 10, a scow, held by a long line from a local tug, was allowed to drift down near the wreck, and a yawl boat, held to the scow was let down still nearer. The crew of 9 then dropped into the water one by one and were picked up by those in the yawl, which was then drawn to the scow and pulled to shore. Six men manned the yawl and scow and all 9 crew members were saved. All six men in the yawl received the life saving medal."
 
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