Our friend Thom Petersen made this video about The Palmer, a 1926 commercial fishing boat, that sunk in the Root River just after Christmas. But alas, she is out of the murky Root and we now know why. With zebra mussels attached, a crane lifted the Palmer out of the water on Friday and the reason she sank was clear as day.

Bill Halliday, manager of Pugh Marina, told Petersen that when they lifted it out they noticed that part of the rudder casing had let go and that’s how the boat took on water.

“Sometime in the 1960s they put a steel hull on it… but over the years I’ve seen this boat go in and out fishing, so this is a big piece of Racine here,” Halliday said.

The boat had been docked at Pugh Marina.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.