Milwaukee. This was not a good year to be in business, as
the United States had slipped into a devastating recession.
Due to the Panic of '73, cargoes may have been hard to come
by. In late October, the Meridian, reportedly carrying
no cargo and bound for Oconto, presumably for lumber, ran
into a howling fall storm.
|A storm of "great violence" drove the Meridian
upon the shoals of the Sister Islands.
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northerly winds brought heavy snowfall and dangerous icing
conditions to Green Bay. Driven up on the Sister Islands shoal,
the Meridian suffered extensive damage. A Green
Bay newspaper described the intensity of the late October
hear continually of the effects of the storm of last week,
which exceeded in fury anything known in the memories of the
oldest living inhabitants. It broke with great violence upon
the east shore of the bay, sweeping away docks which have
withstood the many previous storms of former years without
moving a timber. (Green Bay Press-Gazette 11/8/1873)