Lucia A. Simpson (1875)
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The Lucia A. Simpson was one of the last schooners to ply Lake Michigan. Built in Manitowoc in 1875 she had been considered one of the fastest around. She started her career hauling various cargos on all the Great Lakes. She then spent 27 years hauling lumber from upper Michigan ports. She was finally fitted out with salvage and diving equipment to do salvage work. After barely surviving a difficult storm in 1929 she was towed to Kewaunee for some repairs and then towed to the shipyards in Sturgeon Bay for extensive repairs. But, the owners decided the repair costs to be too great and her salvage equipment and machinery were removed and she was dismantled. On December 3, 1935 she was destroyed in a fire that swept the "graveyard of ships" at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building Company's shipyard. A model of the Lucia A. Simpson and Joys Brothers plans drawn by WPA during the 1930's are located in the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey; project #6 of the Works Progress Administration, May 1936 to October 1937.
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