Peninsula Genealogical Society - Door Co., WI
Ferry between Menominee MI and Door
Co.- sunk 3 Oct 1903
& Freeman E. THORP who perished on
26 Apr 2011
"While adding the Photo Survey sent to the
PGS on 25 Apr 2011 by Nikkie HOWARD of the
Town of Gibraltar-Pioneer/Thorp
Cemetery stones, the stone for Freeman E. THORP had the following
information that was difficult to read: "Perished by the sinking of the steamer Erie L. HACKLEY Oct 3, 1903".
The name for the ship was listed differently in the 1977 index (Erie L.
HACKLET) and as I told
my husband, Bob, what the stone said he remembered an article he had just
read in "Door County Magazine"-Spring 2011 edition about the Steamer Erie L. HACKLEY's demise (see
www.doorcountymagazine.com ). Another
PGS Serendipity!"-Sue HOHNEKE, PGS Webmaster (26 Apr 2011).
Our thanks to "Door County Magazine" and
author Pattie PODGERS for writing the great article: "Peninsula
Connection-Opposite Sides of Green Bay Have Shared Prosperity and Tragedy"
that have helped fill in the blanks regarding the death of Pioneer/Thorp
Cemetery's Freeman E. THORP. The following picture's source was the Door
County Maritime Museum. Below you will find the history of the sinking
of the Eric L. HACKLEY.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE IT ENLARGED!
Above: LEFT: Stone for Freeman E. THORP, contributed by Nikkie HOWARD
(25 Apr 2011) - RIGHT: picture of the Steamer Erie L. HACKLEY, Door County
Maritime Museum-"Door County Magazine" Spring 2011 issue.
"The Erie L. HACKLEY was one of several ship lines that performed regular
'runs' between the various Door County ports and Menominee. Owned and
operated by Four Fish Creek men, the HACKLEY provided a transportation
service for the transport of passengers and freight.
On the evening of October 3, 1903, the HACKLEY was returning from Menominee
when a squall blew just as the ship rounded Green Island, five miles from
the shoreline. Within minutes the storm entrapped the vessel and she
plummeted 115 feet to the bottom of the bay. Of the 19 crew and passengers,
11 perished that night, all of them Fish Creek residents. The tragedy
was shared by communities on both shores."
-by Patty PODGERS-"Peninsula Connections, Opposite Sides of Green Bay Have
Shared Prosperity and Tragedy"-"Door County Magazine"-Spring 2011 issue.
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