Sally ( S. H. ) Rand

Waukesha Freeman
Date Unknown
Shortly after the accident

Probably Drowned

Ten miles northeast of Milwaukee, bottom up and waterlogged, lies the three-masted schooner H. Rand, of Racine, wrecked by the recent gale over Lake Michigan. Three men and a woman who were on the boat are supposed to be dead. They are: Capt. Jefferson, of Racine; his daughter, Daisy Jefferson, aged 27 years, cook of the vessel; Harry Lecus, of Milwaukee, and Frank Seabert, of Sheboygan, sailors.

Milwaukee Sentinel, June 10, 1959.  
The boat is called the Sally Rand. We Know What's Become of Sally
By Ron Krysiek

Dredgers dug up the original Sally Rand from her grave Tuesday, and therein lies a salty story.

Our Sally was buried 60 years ago by the sands of Lake Michigan. The other Sally, a little younger but much better known, is still kicking at 55-doing her dance at Las Vegas and Miami Beach night spots.

Our Sally, according to an old salt who knew her, was a two-masted schooner that used to haul hides and tan bark to and from Pfister & Vogel tanneries in Milwaukee and Two Creeks (Manitowoc County).

"Sure, I'll tell you about Sally Rand," said 73-year-old George Horneman, 3016 S. Superior St., after he viewed her remains Tuesday on the beach at the foot of Texas Av.

What Horneman identified as part of Sally's keel and a section of her flat bottom was recovered by crews dredging 150 feet offshore as part of the new municipal water intake and filtration plant project.

"I was just a boy of 13 when Sally sank during a storm off Sheboygan about 60 years ago," Horneman related.  "All her hands were lost.  There were four or five of them.

"A couple weeks later, her wreckage drifted onto the beach near South Shore Park.  I used to know a junkman named Lecus.  His boy, Harry, had drowned on the sailing ship so Lecus and I took axes and went out to the wreck, intending to see if we could recover any bodies.

"We chopped a hole in the bottom of her, but there wasn't a thing in her cabin.  Over the years, the sand just buried Sally Rand."

Horneman said that, while debris found Tuesday bears no identification marks, "I'm positive it's Sally Rand because I marked the spot where she had drifted.  It was just off Texas Rock."

Charles P. Vogel, board chairman of Pfister & Vogel Tanning Co., could not recall our Sally Rand as being owned by his firm in its early days, but corroborated Horneman's story that the tannery had operated ships between here and Two Creeks.

Vogel and Capt. Ray H. Knight, Milwaukee harbormaster, said they particularly would like to know how the schooner happened to be named Sally Rand.

"Today was the first time I knew Sally Rand also was a sailing ship," Knight said.

Milwaukee Sentinel, June 14, 1959. "Ireen" was really spelled "Irene":

Lost Brother On Old Ship, Asks Memento

This is the wish of a 71-year-old Bay View lady:  Could she get a piece of the S.H. (Sally) Rand as a memento of her long lost brother?

Mrs. Ireen (sic) Lecus Schnacke, of 2506 S. Superior St., recalled to the Sentinel that she was only 13 when the Sally Rand, a two-masted schooler, went down in Lake Michigan. Her brother, Harry Lecus, 17, was one of the five who went down with the ship.

"We never found him," Mrs. Schnacke said.  "He had no grave and we used to throw wreaths in to the lake on Memorial Day."

Although the ship sank somewhere around either Manitowoc or Sheboygan (the recollections of old salts vary on this fact), she drifted southward and settled near the beach at the foot of E. Texas Av., not too far from Mrs. Schnacke's home.

Part of the Sally Rand was uncovered Tuesday by dredging crews working on the new municipal water intake and filtration plant project.

So wouldn't it be simple to deliver Mrs. Schnacke her memento? Not necessarily.  The debris of the old ship now rests at the bottom of the pile of dredged muck and sand.