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 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.
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.
More Ship Photos
Docked and Unloaded
Loaded with Logs
Leaving Bar Lake
Bill of Sale