Vessels Enrolled and Licensed in the District of Milwaukee
For the year 1854 Propellers Name Tonnage G. W. Tifft 81 A. Rossiter 200 Barques Badger State 491 Brigs C. J. Hutchison 341 Sam Hale 293 David Ferguson 320 Helfenstein 329 Robert Burns 307 Nebraska 240 Kirk White 184 Racine 229 Ontario 130 Schooners D. O. Dickinson 333 Fred Hill 268 Norway 230 Lewis Luddington 234 Congress 206 Junitta Patton 260 Churubusco 255 Andromeda 207 Tempest 209 W. H. Dewitt 248 Charley Hibbard 207 Republic 300 C. Harrison 187 R. B. Campbell 179 Henry Hagar 237 D. Newhall 189 J. T. Porter 184 E. Cramer 160 Napoleon 148 Josephine Lawrence 110 Albany 144 Kitty Grant 105 Mariner 159 Emma 159 Twin Brothers 143 Calcutta 116 Gazelle 104 L. R. Rockwell 115 Baltic 96 Traveller 74 Mary 10 Indiana 11 Active 25 Wallero 48 Rover 35 A. V. Knickerbocker 61 Major Barnum 65 Toledo 65 Emily 69 J. Steinhart 68 Henry Clay 59 Wayne 80 Souvenir 64 Challenge 110 L. B. Nichols 80 Charlotte 155 Western Star 245 C. North 151 Sam Strong 222 Amelia 20 Union 87 Erie 62 Active 127 Rambler 137 Belle City 168 Cherokee 203 Three Bells 80 Gilbert Knapp 197 Liberty 54 Sloops Ole Bull 66 Lady Ann 30 Wunx 40 Milwaukee Total Tonnage 11,645.00 ================================================================ Detroit Tribune, Dec. 9, 1874 IN WINTER QUARTERS. - The following is a complete list of vessels of all descriptions laid up at Milwaukee for the winter: Steamers -- Revenue Cutter Angrew Johnson Chicago Saginaw City of Toledo (being dismantled) Propellers -- Waverly Lawrence City of New York City of Madison Lake Breeze Susquehanna J. H. Barnum Tugs -- J. J. Hagerman Starke Brothers J. B. Merrill E. L. Anthony H. F. Bues Dexter W. K. Muir (still running) Dick Davis F. W. Maxon (still running) E. D. Holton Barks -- Nelson Tanner Constitution Lottie Wolf Red White and Blue Schooners -- Industry Napoleon Ardent Evelyn Marengo Three Bells Wm. Aldrich Robbie Knapp Spartan Industry of Milwaukee Middlesex Surprise H. M. Scove J. O. Thayer Typo Toledo E.C.L. Len Higby Joseph Paige John H. Merrill Harvest Home Saveland Swallow Hope L. M. Mason M. J. Cummings Buena Vista Orient Active Hetty Taylor C. G. Breed Guido Pfister M. L. Collins Madonna J. H. Stevens Trial R. P. Mason Thos. W. Ferry Alice B. Norris Jupiter Tempset Union Walhalla Negaunee James W. Howland Jesse Hoyt E. Fitzgerald Jennibel Odin Josephine Lawrence Conquest Alida Myosotis John S. Richards Francis Berriman John Dunn Boaz James Garrett Maggie Thompson J. A. Travis Arcturus Monitor Gold Hunter Moonlight David Vance Pelican Scows -- Nellie Winlack R. H. Becker Laurine Mary Ann Scott Sailor Boy Christe Ida H. Bloom Emma Leighton Maple Leaf Mendota Emanuel Hunter Selt Ahnapee Quickstep Monitor South Side Alaska Supply Agnes I. M. Hill W. W. Brigham Home Milton Planet Geo. Neville Steam scows - Transfer Enterprise Commerce RECAPITULATION Steamers 4 Propellers 7 Tugs 10 Barks 5 Schooners 66 Scows 25 Steam scows 3 ______ Total 121 Number laid up here in 1873, 135; 1872, 115. - Wisconsin, 7th. ================================================================ According to the History of Milwaukee 1881 The smallest steam vessel in this district is the COMMODORE NUTT, 7.98 tons register. The smallest sail vessel registered is the MARY 11.76 tons. The largest schooner in this district is the A.B. MOORE, 1,099.37 tons register. LEVIATHAN owned by Kirktland, Wolf & Davidson Wrecking Company DEAN RICHMOND was the first European Clearance ================================================================
Oswego Palladium, Sat., June 7, 1873
Along The Docks. - A new schooner, the REUBEN DOUD, of Milwaukee, arrived in port this morning from Kingston on her maiden trip. The Doud was built in the interior of Wisconsin, on a small stream back of Oshkosh, where oak is plenty. She was commenced over a year ago, and of course is well seasoned.
The stream into which she was launched this spring was so shallow that a series of wing dams had to be built to drive her down the Oshkosh. She is rather an expensive vessel, the original contractor taking French leave with about $10,000 before the vessel was in frame. She is full canal size, and carries, to light, 23,000 bushels of wheat. She is commanded by Capt. Wm. Vance, a good seaman, who is part owner.
The Doud is of the three mast rig, substantially built, and looks as though she ought to pass through the water without disturbing it much.
Detroit Tribune, 15 Apr, 1876
The schooner M. L. Collins, of Milwaukee, has been lengthened 14 feet and rebuilt. Her repairs have been extensive and complete. She has also been changed from a two into a three-master. Her present dimensions make her nearly full canal size. Her repairs will cost about $8,000.
Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov 1883
MARY COLLINS ABANDONED
A Sturgeon Bay (WI) dispatch to the Chicago Times, dated November 21 says: The schooner M.L. COLLIPS [sic] Capt. H. Oertling, from Milwaukee, began loading wood at Voight's pier, Sister Bay, on Wednesday last, and took on about 100 cords between the day and evening. At 2:30 on Thursday morning, the wind shifted to northwest, blowing heavily. The Collins hove away from the pier and anchored outside, where she withstood the storm until between 9 and 10 o'clock, p.m., when she was driven upon the shore, striking a rock bottom. She pounded so heavily that her planking was started and she soon filled to the water-line. The crew remained on her all night, escaping to the shore in the morning. Capt. Oertling went to Bailey's Harbor, from which place he telegraphed to Milwaukee for assistance, his dispatch being delayed by broken wires. Yesterday himself and crew came overland to this port, and this morning started for Milwaukee. He says the vessel is hogged (sagging in the middle), and that her bottom is probably pounded out of her. He has abandoned her to the underwriters. She is insured for $7,000 in four companies through the agencies of Hibbard & Vance and Fitzgerald & Merrill, Milwaukee, but the names of the companies are unknown to Capt. Oertling. The Collins was built in 1854 and was lengthened to (Welland) canal size (145 feet) in 1877. She is partly owned by Capt. Oertling, who also owns her cargo, which is uninsured. It is reported to-night that a tug has arrived and is trying to rescue the Collins, but it is not believed that the effort will be successful. The vessel lies about 100 feet from shore, which is very rocky. The present favorable weather may assist in getting her off.
She was recovered in a few days and repaired at the Wolf & Davidson Shipyard, Milwaukee, over the following winter.
Detroit Tribune, 19 Apr., 1877
THE BALLANTINE FLEET SOLD. - At Chicago on Monday, the well-known Ballantine fleet was sold, consisting of the steam barges C. J. KERSHAW and D. BALLANTINE and the schooner A. B. MOORE. The purchasers are Phil Armour, of Chicago; R. P. Fitzgerald of Milwaukee and others. Capt. Wiley M. Egan is also mentioned as now having an interest in the vessels.
Considering the purchase price of the fleet, nothing definite is known, beyond the fact that the amount paid is less than $100,000 -and $90,000 may therefore be considered a pretty close guess. This seems almost like throwing property away, for the cost of building the Kershaw alone could not have been less than $120,000, while the Ballantine cost $110,000, and the A. B. Moore, until she was supplied with four masts of much smaller size than the three she originally carried, must have cost Ballantines fully $100,000. It will be remembered that she was totally dismasted twice, and had to be strengthened in hull also. Thus the three mammoth vessels have been sold for considerably less than any one of them cost originally, and the purchasers have made a great bargain, even if the times do not improve yet awhile.
According to the insurance register of last year, the Ballantine had a valuation of $70,000. She was built in 1873, rates A1, and measures 972 tons. The C. J. Kershaw has a registered valuation of $80,000. She was built in 1874, rates A1, and measures 1,324 tons. She is a double-decker. The A. B. Moore has a registered valuation of $50,000. She was built in 1873, measures 1,099 tons, and also rates A1.
Detroit Free Press, 28 Oct, 1880
Capt. Simonson, of the schooner ACTIVE, on arrival in Milwaukee Monday morning reported that while off Muskegon eight or ten miles, he sighted a dead body floating on the water. The body was picked up, and, much to Capt. Simonson's surprise, it proved to be the body of Carl Claason, his brother-in-law, who was lost on the Grenada.
The schooner GRANADA went down October 17, 1880 Steward Claason was one of four crewmen lost in the GRANADA sinking.
Oswego Palladium, Jan. 6, 1881
Working Up a Vessel Case
The Suit of the Alpena against the Hyderbad for Salvage
Capt. John Gormley of the schooner Hyderbad of Kingston was in town yesterday getting the affidavit of Daniel Gunn, an Oswego sailor, who was aboard the Hyderbad when she collided with the schooner Ford River on lake Michigan, June 4, 1880. H. C. Benedict, who drew up the affidavit, says the substance of the sworn statements in behalf of the Hyderbad is that the vessels collided of Manitowoc; that the Hyderbad lost her head gear and head sails, but that her hull was all right; that they were about 15 miles off Manitowoc lying easy and perfectly safe, with a moderate sea running; that Capt. Gormley, the mate and three sailors went in the yawl to Manitowoc for a tug; that when they returned to the vessel the steam barge Alpena of Milwaukee had the vessel in tow; that Capt. Gormley demanded possession of his vessel from the Alpena, which the latter refused, even after Capt. Gormley offered to pay whatever expense they had incurred up to that time in picking up the Hyderbad; that the Alpena took the Hyderbad to Milwaukee and libeled her for salvage.
The Hyderbad was bound from Milwaukee to Kingston with grain and the Alpena bound to Milwaukee with barges in tow. the salvage case is the one pending. There are other allegations in the case which are serious for somebody, to the effect generally that while the Hyderbad's crew was gone for the tug, the sailors' clothes, the vessel's provisions, the captain's gold watch and $80 in gold were taken from the vessel. The gold watch and part of the provisions were returned by the Alpena, it is alleged, but nothing was heard of the money or the balance of the provisions.
DEXTER: See Wilks bio
AMERICAN EAGLE: see Moody bio
CLEVELAND: see Moody bio
COLUMBIA See Wolf Bio
F.B. ALDRICH: see Allan bio
FAVORITE See Wolf Bio
G.W. TIFT: see Moody bio
GEORGE L. DUNLAP See Wolf Bio
LOTTIE WOLF See Wolf Bio
MINNIE SLAWSON See Wolf Bio
NORTH CAROLINA: see Moody bio
PLYMOUTH ROCK See Jamison Bio
PRINCETON: see Moody bio
QUEEN OF THE LAKES: see Moody bio
ST. LOUIS: see Moody bio
THE TRIAL: see Allan bio
WAYNE: see Moody bio
WINNIE WING See Wolf Bio
WM. GOODNOW: see Allan bio