Japan (1853)
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Service History

The wooden two masted schooner Japan was built in 1853 at Milan, Ohio by the builder Salmon Ruggles. The vessel was valued at $5,300 and rated B1 in 1861. Her official number was 12761.

1861: Major repairs.

June 1863: Collided with the schooner Grenada in the Straits Of Mackinac. The Japan made it to the St. Clair River for temporary repairs.

March 1864: Readmeasured.

1865: Rebuilt.

September 1869: Sunk after hitting a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.

June 1871: Aground on Harsens Island on the St. Clair River.

July 1872: Stranded near the entrance of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1874: Repaired.

1885: Rebuilt.

Last Document Of Enrollment No. 45 Surrendered: Chicago: 10/29/1885: "Vessel Lost October 21, 1885".
Final Voyage

"The schooner Japan was wrecked at Andrew Nelson's pier in Garret Bay, the innermost part of Hedgehog Harbor, during the big blow of Monday (10/21/1885) and is a total loss. She was loading wood when the blow came up, and being unable to get under way, the heavy seas made her strike bottom and go to pieces. She had about one hundred and twenty cords of wood on board when the disaster happened. " Door County Advocate October 22, 1885.

"The schooner Japan,which was wrecked while lying at Andrew Nelson's pier, Garrett Bay, is in about the same condition as at last advices, but no attempt will be made to release her, she being too badly broken up. The wood on board has all been recovered and is piled on the beach near where the vessel lies. Door County Advocate November 5, 1885.

The owners of the Japan, C.A. Sirlorn and G. Gunderson, the master, of Chicago, carried no insurance on either the vessel or the cargo of wood.
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