Lower Lake Michigan: Appomattox

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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LOWER-LAKE MICHIGAN APPOMATTOX
Type: Wooden Bulk Carrier
Built: 1896, Davidson Shipyard, West Bay City, Michigan
Sank: November 2, 1905, Stranded
Length: 319'  Beam: 42'
Cargo: Coal and Iron Ore
Depth: 20'
Lives Lost: None

APPOMATTOX
LOWER-LAKE MICHIGAN
Off the Milwaukee shoreline, waves lap over remnants of the largest wooden bulk carrier that ever sailed the Great Lakes and possibly the world.

Built by Captain James Davidson, the Appomattox competed with steel ships that became favored during her time. She hauled an impressive 3,000 tons of cargo and towed a barge with another 5,000 tons. On November 2, 1905, the 320-foot Appomattox approached Milwaukee loaded with coal. A blinding mixture of fog and industrial smoke rolled over the water, engulfed the vessel and caused her to run aground off present-day Atwater Beach. While tugboats quickly pulled Appomattox's barge free, they were unable to do the same for the ship. Wrecking crews worked for 13 days to release the Appomattox but did not succeed. Storms and heavy seas pounded on the ship until she broke up just 20 feet into the lake, 150 yards from shore,
"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's Maritime Trails Historic Shipwreck: Schooner Appomattox, a related marker in Milwaukee 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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