Lake Superior: Lucerne

Photographed  April 4, 2015
The Wisconsin History Tour
History Museum at the Castle
Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
44.262167,-88.401448
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LAKE SUPERIOR LUCERNE
Type: Wooden Schooner, 3-masted
Built: 1873, Parsons & Humble, Tonawanda, New York
Sank: November 17, 1886
Length: 195'   Beam: 34'
Cargo: Grain, Cole and Iron Ore
Depth: 20'
Lives Lost: 9

LUCERNE
LAKE SUPERIOR
When the three-masted wooden schooner Lucerne left Ashland on the night of November 15th, 1886, it was to be her last run of the season. It turned out to be her last run ever.

While hauling 1,256 tons of Gogebic ore along the coastline of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a vicious northeast gale swept across the lake and forced the crew and ship to seek shelter in the Chequamegon Bay. The fierce weather, however, prevented Captain Lloyd from finding the entrance of the bay, and instead they dropped anchor, hoping to ride out the blinding storm. On the morning of November 19, 1886, the Long Island Lighthouse keeper discovered the ship's masts jutting out of the water and bodies of men who attempted to climb the masts lashed to the rigging, frozen and covered in ice. No one survived the wreck that happened only 200 yards from shore. The ship can still be seen from the surface, facing into the gale that claimed her.
"The Wisconsin History Tour" is located at The History Museum at the Castle on westbound East College Avenue, at its intersection with North Drew Street, at 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911.

"The Wisconsin History Tour" is located at The History Museum at the Castle from March 17 through April 30, 2015. It moves each moth to a different Wisconsin city, and includes an exhibit of "historic photographs, documents and stories about the Wisconsin community hosting the Tour".

"What Lies Beneath" provides a sampling of the history of four shipwrecks that have occurred in Wisconsin waters. Apart from "The Wisconsin History Tour", the Wisconsin Historical Society has placed historical markers at many shipwreck sites. Those markers are included in the Wisconsin's Maritime Trails: Historical Markers series

"What Lies Beneath: Discover What's Below Our Wisconsin Waves" exhibit.

See also, Wisconsin Maritime Trails: Historic Shipwreck: Schooner Lucerne, a related marker in Ashland County.


"What Lies Beneath: Discover What's Below Our Wisconsin Waves" exhibit.

This exhibit is part of the traveling "The Wisconsin History Tour".


from March 17 through April 30, 2015.

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