Sardinia (1856)
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Service History

"The Sardinia was a frequent visitor to Door County ports where she picked up cargoes of ties, shingles, cordwood and bark for ports farther south. She originally hailed from Canada. She was built in Penetanguishene, Georgian Bay, Ontario and was 105 feet in length with a 25 foot beam. After she came to Lake Michigan she hailed out of Milwaukee." Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee, July 30, 1900: "Total Loss"
Final Voyage

"This formerly British schooner, the Sardinia, owned by Otto Pfeil and Albert Richter, arrived from Milwaukee to pick up a load of wood in Hedgehog Harbor. She dropped her two mud anchors in deep water as a precaution and then tied up to Voight's pier. About midnight, a northwest wind began. Captain Max Pfiel was notified at Hans Tortenson's that his craft was banging against the pier: he quickly ordered that the Sardinia be winched out to her anchors. Unfortunately, both anchors dragged the bottom and the crew was forced to shorten the anchor chains to keep her from hitting shore. At 2 pm on June 29, the winds increased to heavy gale force, whipping the waves almost to the height of the wood stacked on the pier. This increased force against the shortened chains finally broke them an allowed the vessel to hit the rocky shore, stoving two holes into her bottom. Plum Island Lifesavers tried, unsuccessfully, on the 30th and the 31st to refloat the ship. Eventually she was stripped and abandoned with the intention of selling the rigging to pay off her crew of 5. By September the Sardinia was high and dry on shore. Her remains are still in Hedgehog Harbor about half way between Voigt and Weborg docks."

"After she was abandoned the Sardinia lay for many years about halfway between the Voight and Weborg docks and was used as a platform for fishing and diving. As a relic of the days of sailing ships she was also a tourist attraction. Today her remains are completely underwater..." "The Sardinia is broken up; lies on a cobble/sand bottom in 10' of water. The wreck consists of centerboard trunk and a centerboard, lying next to a small dock crib N of Weborg's Wharf. Historically, it is uncertain whether this is the Sardinia as several other schooners have been wrecked in this area."
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