DOWN IN THE DEPTHS

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Other known ship­wrecks lo­cated within the pro­posed na­tional ma­rine sanc­tu­ary :

Rouse Sim­mons: This three-masted schooner ended each year’s ser­vice by col­lect­ing pine trees har­vested from the north­ern forests of Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan’s Up­per Penin­sula and bring­ing them south for sale dur­ing the run-up to Christ­mas. In 1912, seven months af­ter the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic, the Rouse Sim­mons went down in rough weather 12 miles north­east of Two Rivers, tak­ing the crew and a full load of Christ­mas trees.

Gallinip­per: The old­est known com­mer­cial ship­wreck ves­sel in the state, the Gallinip­per be­gan ser­vice in 1833 as the Nancy Dous­man, de­liv­er­ing sup­plies to the Wis­con­sin ter­ri­tory and re­turn­ing back east loaded with furs. Rechris­tened in 1846, it sank five years later af­ter cap­siz­ing in a squall ap­prox­i­mately 10 miles out be­tween Manitowoc and She­boy­gan.

Ni­a­gara: A side-wheeled steamship built in 1846, the Ni­a­gara op­er­ated as a pas­sen­ger ferry for 10 years be­fore catch­ing fire a mile off­shore from Bel­gium, Wis­con­sin. While most on board es­caped, 60 peo­ple died in the fire or were drowned in Lake Michi­gan, in­clud­ing a for­mer mem­ber of Congress.

Francis Hinton: This Manitowoc-built steam barge was trapped near the coast of its home port in Novem­ber 1909 when storm-driven waves ex­tin­guished the fires that pow­ered the en­gine. The ves­sel was help­less in the churn­ing lake, and or­ders went out to aban­don ship be­fore it smashed to pieces against the shore­line.

Sen­a­tor: This 400-foot steam-pow­ered freighter first sank in 1909 af­ter col­lid­ing with an­other boat in the St. Mary’s River. It was able to be sal­vaged and re­stored only to be sub­merged again 20 years later in 500 feet of wa­ter while car­ry­ing a load of 241 Kenosha-built Nash au­to­mo­biles.

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