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Cornelia B. Windiate
Not much is known about the Cornelia B. Windiate. The small 136 foot long canal schooner was built in Manitowoc Wisconsin by Windiate and Butler, and named after the builder’s daughter in 1874*. The ship went missing in November of 1875 and was felt to have sunk in Lake Michigan because the schooner had not been reported as passing through the Straits of Mackinac at that time.
The only obvious damage to the wreck is a missing bowsprit, which was damaged in a collision on Lake Michigan earlier in the Windiates last trip. The yawl boat is still with the wreck, on the bottom off the starboard side, leading to speculation that the schooner could have become trapped in ice. It is felt that the crew perished attempting to walk to shore over the ice.
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*We assumed, as did others, that the “Cornelia” in the ship's name was the builder's wife. Mr. Robert C. Boyles of North Carolina informed us that Mr. Windiate's wife was Cornelia E. Windiate, but they had a daughter they named Cornelia B. Windiate in 1869. We appreciate the correction.