Scow Schooner Milton


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.

Date Made: 1962Milton Built: 1867

Related Event: The Development of the Industrial United States


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Work, Energy & Power, Industry & Manufacturing, Transportation, On the Water exhibit

Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.321529Catalog Number: 321529Accession Number: 246222

Object Name: model, rigged scow schoonerOther Terms: Maritime; Scow

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


Record Id: nmah_844253

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