Winnetka, IL LADY ELGIN Shipwreck, Sept 1860

Many Milwaukee Irish families were affected by the tragic sinking of the steamer "Lady Elgin" in Lake Michigan on September 8, 1860. Returning from a pleasant excursion to Chicago, to hear Stephen A. Douglas speak, the "Lady Elgin" was struck by another steamer during a severe storm, near Winnetka, Illinois. About 430 people lost their lives, but another 100 have not been accounted for.

An excellent website focuses on the many aspects of this tragedy. A list of known victims and survivors, the majority from Milwaukee, is linked within this web page:

Further information on the individuals and the effect on several generations of their families may be found by contacting the Irish Emigration Library, or the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, both based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.