One Of The Worst Disasters In US History Happened Right Here In Wisconsin

The Lady Elgin was a side wheel steamship that operated in the Great Lakes. It had gone through many iterations and repairs and in 1860 mostly ran short routes in and around Lake Michigan.

The boat was named after the wife of Canada’s Governor General at the time it was built, Lord Elgin.

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This is a recording of the Lady Elgin tribute song.

Divers discovered the shipwreck of the Lady Elgin in the late 1980s. Divers are able to visit it with permission from the Lady Elgin Foundation.

Wisconsin has had more than our fair share of tragedy. You can read about more Wisconsin disasters here.