The Carrington Pub & Grill was opened in 2006. It replaced
the Landmark Restaurant - a more formal dining establishment. The
Pub & Grill interior has a warm, welcoming ambiance. The
Carrington caters to a wide range of clients. Serving traditional
pub staples, the Carrington also offers take out, delivery,
entertainment and a late night lounge setting.
The Carrington name was salvaged from the sunken vessel.
Following is the history of the Carrington - the vessel.
The schooner Carrington was built for the
Great Lakes bulk cargo trade by the firm of Lafrinnier and
Stevenson at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1853. For more
information on the Carrington schooner and wreck,
The two-masted wooden vessel was 120 feet long, with a beam of
25 feet and a depth of hold of 10 feet. Gross tonnage (old measure)
was 276 tons, but was later remeasured at 216 tons. In 1870 she was
owned by two brothers who established Chicago as her home port. One
of the brothers, Michael Connell, stood as her captain.
The Carrington is one of only 24 schooners among Wisconsin 's
shipwrecks that exhibit the interesting construction technique of
an inverted ceiling arch. This hogging arch prevented the ends of
the vessel from drooping, in effect giving her additional
longitudinal strength. Similar arches have been documented on the
1848 schooner Meridian, which sank in Green Bay in 1873, and the
1860 schooner Bermuda, sunk in Lake Superior off Grand Island ,
Little more is known about the Carrington's career. As with many
pre-Civil War Great Lakes schooners, records are scarce. Some
information surfaces in the Milwaukee Sentinel, which reported in
November 1869 that the Carrington and the schooners Fitshugh and
O.R. Johnson were damaged by collision at Chicago. It is not clear
what damage the vessels sustained. Further news of the Carrington
remains elusive - until her final voyage.
The Carrington's final, fatal run began at Green Bay on October
29, 1870 . With a load of pig iron from the Green Bay Iron Furnace
Company and shingles from Earle and Case, also of Green Bay, the
Carrington made sail for Chicago at about 7 p.m. By 10 p.m. a thick
fog had settled over the bay.
At about 2 a.m. on October 30, Captain Connell mistook the Eagle
Harbor light on Hat Island for the light on Green Island.
Intending to avoid Green Island, he steered a wide berth from the
light. Approximately half an hour later, his mistake became obvious
when the Carrington struck hard on the reef off the southwest point
of Hat Island .
The Carrington began leaking badly from the grounding, and the
hold filled within twenty minutes of the accident. To reduce
sinking in the stern, the crew moved as much of the deck cargo
forward as they could. The vessel was then secured as well as
possible, and the men put off in the small boat for Menominee,
about fourteen miles away. Upon arriving, Captain Connell
telegraphed the insurance company for assistance. High winds and
rough seas prevented him from returning directly to his stricken
The following morning Connell and his crew returned to the
Carrington in a small, borrowed sailboat and found that the strong
northwest winds of the previous night had caused the vessel to
slide into deeper water and roll over on her port side. The
Carrington also appeared to have broken in two.
Her underwriters considered the Carrington a total loss. Articles
in the Green Bay Advocate on November 3 and 10 reported the
schooner valued at $12,000, but only insured for a total of
$10,000. The cargo, worth $10,000, was insured for $9,600.
George W. Miller, a diver from Detroit, traveled to the wreck site
to salvage the Carrington's sunken cargo. By the time he arrived,
approximately half of the 600,000 shingles had already been
recovered from the beach. Working under the ice during February and
March of 1871, Miller was able to recover about one hundred and
twenty-five tons of pig iron.
More recently, divers attempted to salvage some of the
Carrington's historical significance. Divers with the Maritime
Preservation and Archaeology Program of the Wisconsin Historical
Society undertook an archaeological survey of the Carrington
between July 21 and July 27, 1992. Each section of wreckage was
surveyed and mapped, providing measured sketches of the entire
site. Archaeologists supplemented the sketches with still
photography and underwater video.
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