Vernon Disaster

Vernon Disaster (HM1KGV)

Location: Two Rivers, WI 54241 Manitowoc County
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N 44° 9.4081', W 87° 34.4254'

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BURIED here are the bodies of nine unidentified members of the crew of the Steamer Vernon, which foundered off Two Rivers in a violent storm the night of October 28-29, 1887. Forty persons were aboard the vessel. Only one, a stoker survived. He suffered permanent mental impairment, presumably as a result of his experiences, and was committed
to the State Hospital at Winnebago, where he died.

Two Rivers fishing tugs recovered nineteen bodies from the lake during the day following the sinking, and all were brought to the community city hall and fire station
in Central Park, which served as a morgue. Ten of the bodies were identified and claimed by relatives; the remaining nine were then interred by municipal

Subsequently the stone monument was erected with funds raised by popular subscription in the community.

The Vernon was a wooden propeller-driven steamer, carrying both freight and passengers, of a type which was common on the lakes prior to the advent of the
automobile and motor truck, which finally drove the packet ship out of business. It was operated by Northern Michigan Line, the vessels of which traded between Chicago
and the north Michigan ports.

When lost, the Vernon was enroute from Charlevoiz, Michigan, to Chicago.

The wooden rudder of the Vernon, salvaged from the lake some time after her sinking, now stands as a marker at the entrance to a tavern on the Sandy Bay Road, between
Two Rivers and Point Beach State Park.

Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMemorial
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1965
Placed ByTwo Rivers Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 9:38am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] CHRIS RAND  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 454120 N 4889448
Decimal Degrees44.15680100, -87.57375700
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 9.4081', W 87° 34.4254'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 9' 24.4836" N, 87° 34' 25.5252" W
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Area Code(s)920
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2401-2499 WI-147, Two Rivers WI 54241, US
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