Meridian, valued at only $1,000 and insured for $700,
was one of several marine accidents attributed to the storm,
and her loss attracted little notice in area newspapers. Despite
a C1 insurance rating and considerable storm damage, at least
three attempts were made in mid-November to pull the ship
free of the rocks. All failed.
than 100 years of Green Bay storms and winter ice slowly broke
up the schooner into her present state. The Maritime
Preservation and Archaeology Program of the Wisconsin
Historical Society surveyed the Meridian over the
course of four days in July of 1991. Initial reconnaissance
revealed that the vessel had broken into three major sections.
Archaeologists surveyed each wreckage section. Then they drafted
measured sketches of the entire site, including detailed drawings
of the complex
structure. Still photography and underwater
video further supplemented the sketches.