She rests at the southern most tip of Door County. The Lakeland is a 280 foot freight and passenger steamer built in 1887. On December 3, 1924, she was down bound for Chicago when she took on water and foundered in heavy seas and sank. She lies in 220 feet of water upright and very intact. The Lakeland carried a cargo of cars and packaged goods including Canadian whiskey.
Other names : built as CAMBRIA, renamed in 1910
Official no. : 126420
Type at loss : propeller, iron, package and automobile freighter
Build info : 1887, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland
Specs : 280x40x20, 1878g 1378n
Date of loss : 1924, Dec 4
Place of loss : off Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : foundered
Loss of life : ? [a diver was lost on the wreck in 1999]
Carrying : new automobiles
Detail : She sprang a leak and foundered. Foul play (insurance fraud) was suspected, but was never proven.
1st vessel on lakes over 300' overall.
1st vessel on lakes with a triple-expansion engine.
Built as passenger/freighter, last configuration in 1919.
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