"To the Waters: Escaping fire on the S.S. Atlanta"

This exhibition is part of the new shipwreck series that is featured at the Port Exploreum.  Escaping Fire on the S. S. Atlanta, tells the story of the passengers, crew and fishermen who were involved in the burning and sinking of the Goodrich ship Atlanta in 1906.  Sixty-five individuals were aboard the Atlanta when she set sail for Milwaukee and Chicago on the morning of March 18th, and due to the fire on the ship, it sank a few miles north of Port Washington in 14 feet of water.  The new exhibit features photographs, archaeological material, artifacts, research on the wreck, and the stories of a few of the people involved. 

 

1. Charles H. Hackley and S.S. Atlanta - website.jpg  The ships Charles H. Hackley and S.S. Atlanta often raced across Lake Michigan. The Atlanta claimed to be the fastest ship on the Lake Michigan until the Hackley was put on the same route in 1901. In 1903 the Atlanta beat the Hackley in an all out sprint across the lake. Soon afterwards, federal regulators stepped in to halt the races over safety concerns. 
 18 Resize website.jpg The atrium of the lounge on the Goodrich Lines’ S.S. Virginia. The Virginia was a steel hulled “sister” ship of the Atlanta. Both ships were known for their decadence and technological accouterments.
 4. Wharf Dogs Photo Edited website.jpg Jack (mislabeled as “Dick” by Chicago Tribune copywriters) and Spot, the Goodrich Lines’ two “wharf dogs”. The dogs knew the whistles and schedules of all the boats and would assist with docking of the S.S. Atlanta and the other Goodrich boats in Chicago. Both dogs were strays that had been adopted by the company.