KATE KELLY (Shipwreck)

L. Michigan, 2 mi. E of Wind Pt., Wind Point, Wisconsin



The schooner Kate Kelly was built in Tonawanda, New York in 1867. Her cargo holds were designed primarily for hauling grain and corn from Chicago and Milwaukee to New York and Ontario, but she carry other cargos, such as coal and iron, when the loads were available. She was of medium size, measuring 126 feet long, 26 feet wide and 10 feet deep. The Kate Kelly had two masts, a square stern and a figurehead bow.

The ship went down on May 13, 1895 in a spring storm that sank other vessels and severely damaged others. The ship settled at about 60 feet below the surface, and the main mast actually stood above the surface. (The mast was likely broken off the wreck because it was a hazard to navigation.)

Today, the Kate Kelly is protected by state and federal laws. The wreck is a popular site for sport divers and because it is in relatively shallow water, the site offers excellent opportunities for taking underwater photography.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 2007
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Architectural style
Other architectural type; Two-masted canaller
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Maritime History; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899
Significant year