Ella Ellinwood (1870)
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Final Voyage


September 29, 1901: "The schooner Ella Ellinwood, Captain Thomas Flagstad, master and owner, bound to Milwaukee from Sturgeon Bay with bark, ran ashore on the rocks near Fox Point (fourteen miles north of the Milwaukee harbor entrance) early Sunday morning and was abandoned by the crew. A bank of smoke and mist hid the shore from view, so that the vessel was planted firmly on the bottom without warning. The crew left the stranded vessel in a yawl boat and reached shore safely, though their boat was overturned in the breakers." Door County Advocate, November 05, 1901

"The following day, the sea having subsided, the surfmen rendered aid in discharging her cargo and in running lines for the tugboats which endeavored to float her. She became a total loss." United States Life-Saving Service, 1902:89
Service History


The three masted schooner Ella Ellinwood was built in 1869 in East Saginaw, Michigan and was valued at $9,000 and rated A2 in 1874 and 1875. The Ellinwood was involved in the lumber trade and was especially busy after the Chicago fire transporting lumber from the White Lake, Michigan area to Chicago and other places on Lake Michigan.

October 14, 1873: Lost jib in collision with a tug at Chicago.

October, 1874: Aground at White Lake, Lake Michigan.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Grand haven: 12/19/1901: "Vessel Lost".
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