Tennie and Laura (Schooner)

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The Tennie and Laura at Dock
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Name: Tennie and Laura
  • 1) Captain Ole Osmondson and Captain Otto A. Bjorkgnist (1876-1885)
  • 2) Captain Lars Hansen and Captain Rasmus Hansen (1885)
  • 3) Captain Rasmus Hansen and Hans Hansen (1886-1887)
  • 4) Captain Ingebret Larsen and Captain Rasmus Hansen (1887)
  • 5) Captain Van Beethoven Ludwig and Captain Herman M. Ludwig (1888-1890)
  • 6) Captain Herman M. Ludwig (1890-1897) and (1899-1900)
  • 7) Captain Herman M. Ludwig and Captain Vasco Roberts (1897-1899)
  • 8) Captain Lancaster S. Ludwig (1900-1901)
  • 9) Captain John Sather (1901-1903)
Builder: Gunder Jorgenson
Completed: 1876
Fate: Sunk in storm nine miles southeast of Port Washington, Wisconsin in 1903
Status: Shipwreck
General characteristics
Class and type: Scow Schooner - Freighter
Tonnage: 56.69 gross
Length: 73 ft.
Beam: 19 ft.
Height: 5 ft.
Crew: 2
Notes: Wood construction
Tennie and Laura
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Nine miles to the southeast of Port Washington
Nearest city: Port Washington, Wisconsin
Added to NRHP: April 11, 2008
NRHP Reference#: 08000288

The Tennie and Laura was a 73-foot Scow-Schooner built in 1876 by Gunder Jorgenson in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It was used as a freighter from the time it was built until the time it sank.[1]

Service history

The Tennie and Laura was registered at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 14, 1876. The first owners of the ship were Otto A. Bjorkgnist and Ole Osmondson. Osmondson served as the first captain. Osmondson and Bjorkgnist would own the Tennie and Laura for nine years before, on April 5, 1885, Captain Osmondson bought Bjorgnist's share of the Tennie and Laura and then proceeded to sell the ship to Lars Hansen and Rasmus Hansen. Lars Hansen sold his share to Hans Hansen later that year. The Tennie and Laura was registered again at Milwaukee on January 21, 1886 with Rasmus Hansen serving as ship's master. in 1887, Hans Hansen sold his share to Ingebret Larsen of Sheboygan and Larsen became the ship's master. In winter of 1887, Larsen and Hansen sold the Tennie and Laura to Van Beethoven Ludwig and Herman M. Ludwig of Ludington, Michigan. The Ludwig brothers operated the ship until winter of 1889, when Captain Herman Ludwig bought his brother's share. Captain Herman Ludwig would serve as sole captain until May, 1897, when he sold half the ship to Captain Vasco Roberts for $200. In 1899, Captain Ludwig bought Captain Roberts' share of the ship and moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 1900, Captain Herman Ludwig sold the Tennie and Laura to his brother, Lancaster S. Ludwig. On August 20, 1901, Captain Lancaster S. Ludwig sold the ship to John Sather of Muskegon, Michigan for approximately $1000. Captain Sather used the Tennie and Laura to transport lumber from Muskegon to Milwaukee weekly.[2]

The final voyage

On August 2, 1903, the Tennie and Laura was sailing from Muskegon, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, carrying a cargo of lumber worth roughly $500 at the time. The ship was crewed by two men, Captain John Sather and First Mate Charles Nordbach. About nine miles from Port Washington, Wisconsin, the Tennie and Laura was caught in a storm. The ship eventually capsized, and Mate Morbach died. Captain Sather survived long enough to be rescued by the steamer Covell.[3] At the time of the accident, the ship was valued at $500.[4][5]

Discovery and the Tennie and Laura today

The wreck of the Tennie and Laura was accidentally discovered in 1999 when a salvage team went in search of the missing fishing boat, Linda E. From surface to deck, it lies under 300 ft. (91m) of water. In 2008, the Tennie and Laura was listed on the National Register of Historical Places.