Pilot Island NW Site

The Pilot Island NW Site is the site of three shipwrecks on the northwest side of Pilot Island in Door County, Wisconsin. The shipwrecks lie in Lake Michigan under 20 to 50 feet (6.1 to 15.2 m) of water; buoys placed by the Wisconsin Historical Society mark their locations. The first ship, the Forest, sank at a reef on Pilot Island on October 28, 1891, while attempting to pass through Porte des Morts. In 1892, the J.E. Gilmore sank at the site while navigating the passage on October 17. The third ship, the A.P. Nichols, sank at the site in a storm on October 28 of the same year.[2] The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 19, 1992.[1]

Pilot Island NW Site
Sign for the Pilot Island NW Site
Nearest cityWashington, Wisconsin
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
MPSGreat Lakes Shipwreck Sites of Wisconsin MPS
NRHP reference No.92000103 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 19, 1992


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Detailed Information for Pilot Island Site". Wisconsin's Maritime Trails. Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, and Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2011.