Scow Schooner Milton

Description
The 102-foot three-masted scow schooner Milton was built by Ellsworth & Davidson at Milwaukee, Wis., in 1867. It spent 20 years hauling lumber on Lake Michigan, along with hundreds of other small boats nicknamed the “mosquito fleet.” Built to carry as much cargo as possible, many of these flat-bottom boats did not sail very well.
The Milton collided with the ship W.H. Hinsdale at Milwaukee in December 1867, causing about $100 in damage to each vessel. It also ran aground twice during its career.
On 8 September 1885, while transporting a cargo of cedar posts and cordwood, the Milton sank off Two Rivers, Wis., during an autumn storm. The entire crew of five men was lost—three of them brothers.
Object Name
model, rigged scow schooner
Date made
1962
Milton built
1867
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 24 in x 4 in; 40.64 cm x 60.96 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
TR*321529
catalog number
321529
accession number
246222
related event
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Energy & Power
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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