Mich., with a load of lumber, bound for Chicago. Heading up
Green Bay toward the Death's
Door Passage, the schooner sailed into a building northwest
the looming bluffs of the Door Peninsula came into view, the
ship changed course for Lake Michigan, with all canvas flying.
Captain Andrew McGraw looked for Table Bluff, a familiar landmark
just before the passage. In the darkness and poor visibility,
Captain Andrew McGraw reportedly mistook another bluff to
the south for Table Bluff and the lights of the settlement
of Garrett Bay for those of the Death's Door passage.
he was entering the passage, Captain McGraw sailed instead
into Garret Bay. At 11:00 p.m. the Fleetwing struck
the rocky beach of the bay with a grinding crash that apparently
sheared off a mast.
accounts of the wreck are conflicting. The newspapers indicate
that the error was not noticed until she hit the beach, while
a secondary source claims that frantic last-minute efforts
were made to alter her course after the error was realized.
either case, the Fleetwing's days on the Great Lakes
were over. The crew swam, waded, or rowed ashore uninjured
and found themselves at the home of prominent land owners
in the area.