PortandTerminal.com, May 7, 2020
LANSING, MI – Heavy waves and shifting sands have once again brought the remains of a 137-foot wooden ship’s wreckage to float at the shoreline along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.
The 137 foot long, two-masted schooner Jennie & Annie was built in Buffalo, NY in 1863.
The schooner was filled with a load of corn in mid-November, 1872 when gale-force winds likely pushed it into shallow water about nine miles south of Sleeping Bear Point. It was pounded by heavy surf, and eventually broke into pieces.
“The crew of 10 took to the masts and remained there until the vessel broke apart,” according to a Port Huron Daily Times article that ran on Nov. 15, 1872. “Only 3 of the crew made it to shore; the rest drowned in the strong surf and cold water.”
What remains of the schooner is uncovered periodically by shifting sand and wave action. In 2012, a 40-foot hull piece belonging to the Jennie & Annie was positively identified when it emerged along the shoreline. Locals again spotted the wreck fragments in 2015. There are an estimated 1,500 shipwreck in Lake Michigan and a total of 6,000 in the Great Lakes.
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