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Christina Nilsson
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Christina Nilsson before she sank
Christina Nilsson (shipwreck) is located in Wisconsin
Christina Nilsson (shipwreck)
Location in Wisconsin
Christina Nilsson (shipwreck) is located in the United States
Christina Nilsson (shipwreck)
Location in the United States
Location Lake Michigan off Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
NRHP reference No. 03000668
Added to NRHP July 17, 2003

Christina Nilsson was a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan off Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, on October 23, 1884. In 2003, the shipwreck site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


The ship was built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, at a cost of $23,000 and was named after Christina Nilsson.

On October 23, 1884, Christina Nilsson cleared Escanaba, Michigan, bound for Chicago, Illinois, with a cargo of pig iron. When a blizzard hit the area that day, her captain attempted to make port at Baileys Harbor, but, while still trying to navigate through the storm, Christina Nilsson struck a reef off Baileys Harbor and foundered. All crew members survived.

The ship's cargo was recovered, but attempts to salvage Christina Nilsson herself were unsuccessful. The wreck site has been investigated by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association since 1997.

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