Steamer Sevona

Steamer Sevona (HMVL3)

Location: Bayfield, WI 54814 Bayfield County
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N 46° 56.806', W 90° 53.389'

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Historic Shipwreck

— Wisconsin's Maritime Trails —

Type: Steel, bulk and package freighter
Built: 1890, Frank W. Wheeler, Bay City, Mich.
Sank: September 2, 1905
Length: 372' Beam: 41'
Cargo: Iron ore
Propulsion: Propeller
Depth of Wreckage: 25'
Lives Lost: 7
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

About four miles north of here lies the wreck of the Sevona, one of the largest carriers on the Great Lakes when it was launched in 1890. She was originally named the Emily P. Weed.

When the Sevona departed Superior's Allouez ore docks on the evening of September 1, 1905, the skies showed no sign of an impending storm. She carried a crew of twenty-four, including four women, and 6,000 tons of iron ore, bound for Erie, Penn. By midnight a full gale was blowing. At two a.m., Captain Donald S. McDonald turned for the shelter of the Apostle Islands. Navigating blindly through the storm, the Sevona ran hard aground on Sand Island Shoal shortly before six a.m.

The Sevona broke in two almost immediately, trapping the captain and six men forward, unable to reach the lifeboats. They constructed makeshift rafts from hatch covers, but all seven perished. The cooks, passengers, and engine room crew in the stern were inexperienced with boat handling, but they took to the lifeboats, plunged and corkscrewed their way through the wild surf, and finally made shore safely. One of the women later wrote, "It was a terrible fight to keep the small boat afloat!"

Today, the Sevona lies broken up, approximately one and a half miles east of the Sand Island Lighthouse. Marked by a seasonal mooring buoy, her remains rest in 25 feet of water.
HM NumberHMVL3
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin's Maritime Trails series
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 12:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 660584 N 5201409
Decimal Degrees46.94676667, -90.88981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 56.806', W 90° 53.389'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 56' 48.36" N, 90° 53' 23.34" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32545-32555 Little Sand Bay Rd, Bayfield WI 54814, US
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