You can find out the interesting facts behind what is considered the largest single sea disaster in the history of Green Bay waters and how the loss impacted Fish Creek. The last Gibraltar Talks for the 2023 season next month will feature the “Sinking of the Erie L. Hackley”. The presentation will tell the story and numerous accounts of the survivors and victims of the tragedy that occurred on October 3rd, 1903. Eleven people perished with only eight survivors who clung to the wreckage. Gibraltar Historical Association Director Laurie Buske says the evening will have a narrator who will tell the story with community members representing the characters who were involved in the disaster 120 years ago.
The steamship transported freight and passengers across Green Bay waters long before roads and highways were around and sank near Marinette in 110 feet of water. The “Sinking of the Erie L. Hackley, the Day Fish Creek Stood Still” presentation will be at 7 p.m. at Gibraltar’s Old Town in Fish Creek on Tuesday, October 3rd. The program is free to the public and you are encouraged to bring any articles or stories related to the sinking of the steamboat that evening.