The wooden two masted schooner Illinois
was built in 1848 by J. Randall in St. Joseph, Michigan. In 1861 the vessel was valued at $1,200 and rated C1. In 1863 she was valued at$2,500 and rated B2. The official registry number was 12082.
November 1854: Grounded on a bar at Grand Haven, Michigan
October 1858: Ashore at Grand Haven, Michigan.
1861: Some repairs.
May 1868: Collided with the bark Newsboy
25 miles of of Muskegon, Michigan; waterlogged with 95,000 feet of lumber.
November 1869: Collided with the propeller City Of Fremont
in Lake Michigan off Kenosha.
1871: Large repairs.
November 1871: Waterlogged on Lake Michigan.
Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 9/30/1875: "Total Loss".
October 29,1873. The lumber laden two masted schooner Illinois
, bound for Chicago, went ashore broadside on the beach about 2 1/2 miles south of Baileys Harbor and sank. The vessel was badly damaged, and a salvage attempt in May of 1874 proved futile.
"Last Monday an attempt was made to raise the schooner Illinois
, which ran ashore and sank near Smith's pier, during the gale of Oct. 29th, '73, but without success." Door County Advocate 5/14/1874.
The wreck of the Illinois
is broken up and partially buried under stream cobble; inundated to a depth of 1'. The exposed length of 41'6" was revealed after excavation; the remainder of the vessel ; original length has been estimated 82'-124'. Extant are the bilges and lower trunk; wreck is greatly eroded.