Lucia A. Simpson

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Lucia A. Simpson was a wooden, 3-mast schooner, 127 feet in length, with a 28 foot beam and 8.7 feet depth of hold. The gross tonnage was 227.07 with sail propulsion. The official number is: 140097.

Lucia A. Simpson was built in 1875 by Rand & Burger in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for Simpson & Co. of Milwaukee. Major repairs were done in 1883. Lucia A. Simpson was one of the last full-rigged schooners on the Great Lakes and one of the last still sailing into the 1930s. In May 1929 she was disabled in a squall off Algoma and was towed to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. There is a report that on July 27, 1929 the car ferry Ann Arbor No. 7 sited the schooner Lucia A. Simpson in distress and towed her to Kewaunee, Wisconsin. In 1934, the Manitowoc Marine Museum considered purchasing her but on Dec. 3, 1935, a fire swept the "graveyard of ships" of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building Company and destroyed her. There was no loss of life in the 1935 fire.

Owner History
1875-1881 Simpson & Co. of Milwaukee
1882-1899, owned by E.G. Filer, Manistee, Mich.
1900, owned by Henry Durbin, South Milwaukee, Wis.
1901-1928, owned by Charles J. Sanderson, Milwaukee
1929-30, owned by Northern Marine Corp., Milwaukee
1931-35, owned by Town Harbor Yacht Club of Chicago but was still stored at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building Co.

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