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Volume Listing > Volume 07 > The schooner that sunk the Lady Elgin

Stover, Frances M. "The schooner that sunk the Lady Elgin"


The Schooner That Sunk the Lady Elgin: First published in the Milwaukee Journal earlier the same year, this article details the history of the small boat Augusta that caused Wisconsin's most famous shipwreck. It briefly tells the story of the events of Sept. 8, 1860, when the passenger steamboat was accidentally rammed by the Augusta and 300 people drowned. Crowds of survivors attempted to burn the schooner in retaliation. But the article's main theme is memories of the author's girlhood living on the schooner afterwards, when it had been renamed the "Colonel Cook," and Capt. Jasper Humphrey's voyages with it during and after the Civil War on the Great Lakes, the Atlantic seaboard, and in the Gulf of Mexico. (10 pages)

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Citation: Stover, Frances M. "The schooner that sunk the Lady Elgin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 07 /Issue: 1 (1923-1924)

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