Frank O'Connor is a
valuable archeological and recreational resource. The ship
appears to be unique in the Door County area as one of the
few surviving historic steam vessels whose machinery is
still largely intact and upright. It also represents the
terminal period in wooden bulk carrier construction, and
was a product of the noted James Davidson Bay City yard.
Frank O'Connor is owned
by the State of Wisconsin and is managed by the Wisconsin
Historical Society with assistance from Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources. Like all historic shipwrecks
in Wisconsin waters, the O'Connor is protected under Wisconsin
law as a state-owned archaeological site.
with many other wrecks in the Great Lakes,
the Frank O'Connor. These prolific mollusks are very difficult
to control, and further colonization
the research conducted by the Wisconsin Historical Society,
the Frank O'Connor was
placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1994.
can learn more about the O'Connor's
history and archeological findings in " Davidson's
Goliaths: Underwater Archeological Investigations of
the Steamer Frank O'Connor and the Schooner-Barge Pretoria,"
by David J. Cooper and John O. Jensen.
Learn more about Protecting
Our Heritage in the Diver's Area.