TENNIE AND LAURA (Shipwreck)

9 mi. SE, of Port Washington, Port Washington, Wisconsin

Tennie and Laura sank August 1, 1903 in 325 feet of water

Photo 

Tenny and Laura

Circa 1900

Unknown Photographer

Map 

Description 

The Tennie and Laura was a scow schooner, built in 1876 at Manitowoc by Gunder Jorgensen. The Tennie and Laura was registered at the Port of Milwaukee on 14 July 1876. She had one deck, two masts, and measured 73 feet in length, 19 feet in beam, and 5.6 feet in depth.

The The Tennie and Laura sank on August 1, 1903, enroute from Muskegon to Milwaukee.

Today, the Tennie and Laura is protected by state and federal laws and since it is 325 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, little light reaches the wreck. Currents are heavy and visibility is less than five feet.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 2008
Reference number
08000288
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Scow Schooner
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Maritime History; Commerce
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Site
Historic function
Water-related
Current function
Water-related
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant year
1876

Update Log 

  • March 11, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
  • March 11, 2016: New photo from J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • Wisconsin Great Lakes Shipwrecks - A joint venture of the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society. The site includes descriptions and a photo gallery of the shipwreck.
  • J.R. Manning - Lugnuts969 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • National Register database - Reference number 08000288