Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks - Explore Shipwrecks - Christina Nilsson
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The final days at sea for the Christina Nilsson, N. A. Hammer master , began on Thursday, 23 October 1884, when she cleared Escanaba, carrying 575 tons of pig iron and bound for Chicago. Like thousands of other Great Lakes vessels, the Nilsson fell victim to overwhelming natural forces.

Sailing the Great Lakes has long been considered as hazardous as sailing the ocean--or even more so.  The ever-present nearby shores leave little room to "run" before a storm.  Waves tend to be be closer together, making them steeper on the lakes than on the ocean.  And storms on the lake are renowned for their seemingly instantaneous development.

 

 

 

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