Two Door County Shipwrecks Could be Registered as Historic Places

Two shipwrecks in the waters of Lake Michigan off Door County are being considered for nomination to the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board, both wrecks were discovered last year. The schooner Hanover was located on Hanover Shoal, just south of the Strawberry Islands near Fish Creek. The 188-ton, two-masted schooner was built in Irving, New York in 1852. It was a fixture in the grain trade on the great lakes until it ran aground during a gale in 1867 and was considered a total loss.
The scow schooner Success, a 151-ton, two-masted vessel, began its life in Manitowoc in 1875. Caught in a storm at Whitefish Bay while unloading wood, the crew was unable to keep the schooner from running aground on a beach in the Town of Sevastopol. Today, the Success lies in about eight feet of water just off shore. The nominations will be considered at the meeting of the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board in Janesville on May 8th.

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