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Preserving the Past history column: Magellan sank in 1877 loaded with 20,000 bushels of corn

9:07 AM, Oct. 4, 2013
Emil Gilius Larson is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc. He was among the crew members killed when the Magellan sank in 1877.
Emil Gilius Larson is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc. He was among the crew members killed when the Magellan sank in 1877.
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A reporter for the Manitowoc County Chronicle wrote on Nov. 13, 1877:

"It is no uncommon thing, at this season of the year, to hear of disasters on the lake and the sacrifice of human lives to the fury of the wind and waves; consequently the wreck of a vessel is news that is not likely to create much alarm only among those who have friends or property exposed to the many dangers incident to lake navigation after the sun has crossed the equinox."

The news of the sinking of the Magellan on Nov. 8, 1877, traveled quickly throughout our area. ...

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