The three masted wooden bark Hans Crocker
was build in 1856 by James M. Jones for W.W. Hibbard at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1863 the vessel was valued at $12,000 and rated for insurance at A2, by 1874 the vessel was valued at $5,000 and rated C1. The official number was 11174.
November 1856: Grounded in Lake Michigan at Beaver Island Reef.
April 1869: Collided with a canal boat in Chicago Harbor.
November 1869: Grounded at the Straits of mackinaw: lightered off.
September 1871: Damaged during a gale on Lake Michigan.
Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 12/30/1876: "Lost".
11/29/1876: "The bark Hans Crocker
, which left Little Sturgeon the fore part of last week for Chicago, sprung a leak while off Kenosha on Wednesday night last, and while endeavoring to make that harbor the vessel struck a sunken crib and went ashore just south of the harbor piers, where she went rapidly to pieces. The Crocker
was loaded with a cargo of shingles, hardwood lumber, vessel-knees and c., which is owned by Mr. A.M. Spear, Little Sturgeon, and was considered a valuable one, the greater portion of which will prove a total loss." Door County Advocate 12/07/1876.
The Hans Crocker's
remains were abandoned just off shore and had been purchased but apparently the hull was never removed.