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Adjacent to Rock Island Ferry Dock, Jackson Harbor

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Historic Name:Iris Shipwreck
Reference Number:06000638
Location (Address):Adjacent to Rock Island Ferry Dock, Jackson Harbor
Iris Shipwreck
Jackson Harbor, Door County
Date of Construction: 1866
Builder: Lorenzo S. Bedford

The Iris was a small 74-foot scow schooner built in 1866 in Port Huron, Michigan. She led a long and interesting career as a coasting schooner, sailing out of Washington Island's Detroit Harbor for most of her career. Much of what we know of the Iris is gleaned from contemporary accounts from the Door County Advocate, including having been given up for lost on several occasions, the loss of Captain Anderson when he fell overboard in Milwaukee harbor, battling fierce Lake Michigan storms, collisions, and repeated changes of ownership. Having survived an amazing 47 years on the Great Lakes, the Iris was eventually abandoned in Jackson Harbor in 1913 after having run aground. Today, her remains lie in two feet of water a short distance from the Rock Island Ferry Dock in Jackson Harbor.
State and federal laws protect this shipwreck. Divers may not remove artifacts or structure when visiting this shipwreck site. Removing, defacing, displacing or destroying artifacts or sites is a crime. More information on Wisconsin's historic shipwrecks may be found by visiting Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks website.

Period of Significance:1866-1913
Area of Significance:Archeology/Historic - Non-Aboriginal
Area of Significance:Maritime History
Applicable Criteria:Information Potential
Historic Use:Transportation: Water-Related
Architectural Style:No Style Listed
Resource Type:Site
Architect:Bedford, Lorenzo S.
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/19/2006
State Register Listing Date:04/28/2006
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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