Milwaukee, WI (Lake Michigan) Schooner ROSA BELLE Wreck, Oct 1921


Capt. Olander, of the local coast guards, when interviewed gave it as his opinion that the crew was drowned. He said that when the wreck was reported the steamer Cumberland, with Capt. Alexander, of the U.S. marines, in charge, started out in search of the capsized vessel and found it 30 to 40 miles out. A line was attached and the steamer started for Racine with the wreck. When about 22 miles north of here a terrific northeaster swept the lake, the tow line parted and the Cumberland ran for this port, arriving here about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. As soon as the storm subsides the steamer, accompanied by the coast guards, will go out and tow the wrecked vessel to this port. There is a possibility, however, that the ship may be completely torn to pieces.

Identifies Rosa Belle.
(By Associated Press)
Manitowoc -- That the two-masted schooner Rosa Belle was run down by a large freight steamer during the heavy fog of Saturday night, the crew picked up by the steamer and carried along on the trip, is the opinion expressed by the officers of the Ann Arbor No. 1 ferry, which arrived in port Tuesday morning from Frankfort. The ferry is the one which sighted the wreckage of the Rosa Belle out of Milwaukee Sunday morning and reported their find to the Milwaukee offices.
According to Captain Fredrickson and Mates Axel Fredrickson and O. B. Olson, the latter, a Manitowoc man, the Ann Arbor, which has been at Milwaukee for a number of days left that port early Sunday morning and about three and a half hours out sighted a lantern screen and then a hatch floating in the lake before they discovered the Rosa Belle floating bottom side up, her stern torn out of her, the spars, gaffs and rigging on the lee side of the boat with the stern among the other wreckage. The ferry made a trip completely around the wreck but found nothing to indicate what became of the crew or the cause of the accident. The life yawl was missing.

Olson Identifies Boat.
Mate O. B. Olson recognized the Rosa Belle before the name was discovered on the wrecked stern of the boat. A spliced spar which he had noted on a visit to the boat while she was lying at Ludington recently when the wreckage was sighted brought the remark from the old seaman that he knew the boat and that it was the Rosa Belle, which upon arrival at the scene, proved to be correct.

Sheboygan Press-Telegram Wisconsin 1921-11-02