The Steamer Arcadia

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One of the best remembered ships to sail in and around Arcadia was the steamer Arcadia, built to haul lumber from the Starke Land and Lumber Company sawmill to Chicago, Wisconsin, and towns along Lake Michigan's shore..

The Steamer Arcadia
Loaded with lumber, the ship starts out on a Lake Michigan voyage. About 1900.

The Arcadia was purchased by the Starke Land and Lumber Co. in 1888. Timbers and planking for the vessel were cut in the local mill and shipped to Milwaukee where the ship was built.

Approaching the Sawmill
The Arcadia heading north toward the Starke Sawmill visible in the distance.

The Arcadia was sold after the sawmill burned in 1906. One year later, on April 12, 1907, the ship sank with all hands. The wreckage is still in the beach near Pentwater.

"She was a staunch vessel, well-built and well-loaded with lumber, but the steamer Arcadia could not conquer a Lake Michigan storm in 1907 and went down with all hands -- 12 men, the captain's wife and a girl."  -- Arthur C. Frederickson. Grand Rapids Press. Sunday, August 2, 1959.


1 Deck
108 ft. long
26 ft. wide
9 ft. deep

More Ship Photos

Docked and Unloaded 
A. H. Stockman Postcard

Loaded with Logs
East Side of Lake. Newer Postcard.

Returning Empty 
Heading north in Bar Lake ready to pick up another load

Leaving Bar Lake
Heading South in Bar Lake toward the Channel to Lake Michigan

Bill of Sale

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