Thursday, April 30, 2015
Schooner Lucia A. Simpson
Built by Rand and Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1875, the Lucia A. Simpson was a Great Lakes schooner that spent most of her life carrying lumber. After the turn of the century sailpower quickly disappeared due to steamship competition but she continued working into the thirties and was reputed to be the last schooner in operation on the Great Lakes. She was destroyed in 1935 when she caught fire while laid up at the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Company.