Lewis Day (1868)
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Service History

The wooden hull three masted schooner Lewis Day was built by David Clow, his second vessel, in 1862 on Chambers Island off the west side of the Door County Peninsula. In 1874 the vessel was valued at $10,000 and rated B1 by the Board Of Lake Underwriters. The official registry number was 15410.

June 1869: Largest deckload of shigles. They were piled eight feet over the deck rails.

1871: Refastened.

1871: Lewis Day had sustained $375 damages at Death's Door when she flooded after a rock stove a hole in her hull.

September 1874: Collided with the schooner H. Blood near Chicago.

Last Document Of Enrollment, Number 6, Surrendered: Chicago:12/30/1881: "Vessel Lost".
Final Voyage

October 23, 1881: "The Day went ashore on the southeast reef of Plum Island (West side of the Door County Peninsula) at about ten o'clock Sunday evening. She was sailing along at a fair rate of speed , when by a miss-stay she suddenly brought up on the reef. The wind at the time was not blowing very hard, but Monday morning the wind got around to the the northeast and blew heavily all that day from that quarter. A big sea set in the vessel pounded heavily on the rocks and soon commenced filling with water and by the time the Leviathan arrived she was pretty well broken up. The craft was loaded with cedar for Chicago from Cedar River, and while working, down Green Bay Saturday afternoon, she ran aground, but was got off by having the deck load thrown overboard." Door County Advocate 10/27/1881.

The Day's crew were taken off by the near by schooner G.D. Norris. There was no insurance on the vessel or cargo and is therefore a total loss. After the schooner broke up she was stripped and then burned for the iron.
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