Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks - Explore Shipwrecks - Christina Nilsson
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The history of the Christina Nilsson (U.S. Registry 125293) begins in winter of 1871, when the Manitowoc, Wis., shipyard of Hanson & Scove laid the keel for the new three-masted schooner . Built for Swedish immigrant Charles M. Lindgren of Chicago, who named his new vessel after a world-renowned Swedish diva, the Nilsson measured 139 feet in length, 26 feet in beam, and 11 feet in depth of hold. With planking completed in June, the Christina Nilsson's masts were stepped the following month and the new vessel slid down the ways on 3 August 1871. So great was Charles Lindgren's enthusiasm for what local newspapers deemed "a splendid craft," that an inspired Hanson and Scove laid the keel for an identical craft the same day the Nilsson was launched.

Built at a cost of $23,000, the Nilsson was completed during the first year of the Hanson & Scove partnership (1871), though Jasper Hanson appears to have already been building ships for at least four years. Notably, between 1860 and 1880, Manitowoc shipbuilders had gained a reputation around the Great Lakes for their clipper -built ships used as grain, lumber, and merchandise carriers. Hanson and Scove operated a relatively busy shipyard and were responsible for 16 (39%) of the 43 total sailing craft constructed in Manitowoc between 1871 and 1885.

 

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