Big Z (1844)
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Service History


From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology files: "The Big Z was an old rotten craft, and everybody is astonished and rejoiced to think no lives have been lost by her. It is a wonder that she did not go to Davy Jones locker long since, and in departing, take some valuable lives with her."
Final Voyage


The Wooden, two masted schooner Big Z, was bound from Racine to Amsterdam (between Port Washington and Sheboygan) for a cargo of staves. She was anchored five miles south of Sheboygan when she sprung a leak, filled with water and drifted ashore going to pieces. "While lying at anchor about five miles this side of Sheboygan, Wis., she sprung a leak, filled with water and blew ashore, where she was soon smashed to pieces by heavy sea--Captains Gossick and Eassou, with another hand, took the yawl boat, placed a stove in it, and started for home. They reached Racine, Wis., on Friday last, sailing all the way in the little boat in the dead of winter. Capt. Dole, who owned the schooner, and was with her also at the time she went ashore, remained to take care of what could be saved." The Racine Journal, February 1859.
Service History


The schooner Big Z was rebuilt in 1848 in New York from the original size of 88.0 feet length, 20 feet breadth and 8.7 feet depth of hold, 128.28 gross tons to the new size of: 112.2 X 20.0 X 8.6, 168.67 gt.
 
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