Meridian (1848)
1862 enrollment (courtesy of Jon Van Harpen)
Meridian archaeological site plan
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Service History

The schooner Meridian was constructed in 1848 and served Wisconsin's logging industry much of her life hauling timber of various kinds.
Final Voyage

"In 1873, late October, the Meridian, reportedly carrying no cargo and bound for Oconto, presumably for lumber, ran into a freak fall storm. Stiff northerly winds brought heavy snowfall and dangerous icing conditions to Green bay. The Meridian was driven up on the Sister Island shoal and eventually pounded to pieces.... Despite a C1 insurance rating, and considerable storm damage, at least three unsuccessful attempts were made in mid-November to pull the ship free."

"The vessel Meridian is broken in 3 major sections in 40 feet of water; the largest section, 105', includes an almost intact bow and portside, w/portions of the keelson & forward deadwood, and numerous pieces of what appear to be cordwood. The disarticulated stern (incl. sternpost, sternsan knee, ext. planking) lies 50 feet east of the bow; 28 feet of this section is exposed with more covered by gravel. 71' of the starboard side lies another 50' east of the stern, comprising the 3rd major fragment. There is a small 4th fragment just forward and to starboard of the stern section; it is mostly buried under gravel & corresponds to the center trunk."

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