HURD, JOSEPH L. (1869, Package Freighter)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Detroit, MI
Vessel Type:
Package Freighter
Hull Materials:
Number of Decks:
Hull Number:
Builder Name:
Campbell, Owens & Co.
Master Carpenter:
Gordon Campbell
Original Owner and Location:
J.L. Hurd & Co., Detroit, MI.
Number of Masts:
Engine Type:
High Pressure (including HPNC)
# Cylinders:
# Boilers:
# Propellers:
Propulsion Notes:
12" + 36" cylinders by 36" stroke, 325hp @98 rpm, Cuyahoga Iron Works, Cleveland; firebox boiler 7' x 17', 60#, built 1861.
Tonnage (gross):
Tonnage (net):
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Lake Michigan.
8 Nov 1913
Final Cargo:
Abandoned & scuttled off end of old Leathem Smith quarry dock, NW end Sturgeon Bay.

1869, Sep 1 Launched.

1869, Sep 15 Enrolled Detroit.

1869 Detroit & Saginaw route.

1871, Aug Grounded Detroit River; released by tug W.B. CASTLE.

1871, Nov Collided with CORTLANDT below Belle Isle, Detroit River.

1873, Apr 24 Enrolled Chicago, IL; owned Joseph Austrian et al, Chicago.

1873 - 74 Winter New passenger cabin added.

1874 Chicago & Lake Superior route.

1876 - 77 Winter Aft cabins extended; new stern bulwarks; machinery overhauled.

1877, Nov Alleged collision with schooner MAGELLAN near Two Rivers, WI., Lake Michigan; never proven.

1879, Mar Owned Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transportation Co.

1884, Sep 1 Grounded on reef near Detour, MI, 30' of water; raised by LEVIATHAN; taken to Milwaukee for repair, Wolf & Davidson shipyards.

1888, Jun Grounded in fog, Frankfort, MI., Lake Michigan; released by tug HALL & lifesaving crew.

1888, Oct 22 Beached Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior after springing leak; lightered by tug MAYTHAM & scow; released.

1889 - 90 Winter Converted to freighter; cabins removed.

1890, Apr Gladstone, MI - Owen Sound, ONT route under charter to Canadian Pacific.

1892 Chicago & Lake Superior route.

1895, May 10 Sank steel steamer CAYUGA in collision near Skillagallee, Lake Michigan; lost bow; beached Harbor Springs, MI; 1 crew member lost.

1895, Sep 30 Enrolled Milwaukee, WI., owned Leatham & Smith Towing & Wrecking Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.

1896 Readmeasured 557.21 gross / 389.98 net tons.

1897, May 4 Enrolled Milwaukee; 557.21 gross tons.

1897, Dec Received boiler from AUSTRALASIA, 8' x 27'.

1898 Wooden arches replaced with steel chords; hull bustled 6'; forward house reduced; 1 hatch added; converted to steam barge.

1899 Tows barges A.T. BLISS & PARANA.

1900, May 26 Collided with Jackson St. bridge, Chicago.

1900, Nov 10 Ashore Pointe aux Pins, Lake Huron.

1903, Feb 28 Chartered in lumber trade, Alpena, MI - Chicago.

1904, Oct 22 Entered stone trade.

1904, Nov 26 Stranded Dunlap Reef, Lake Michigan.

1906, Apr 27 Capt. dies in accident.

1906, Aug Sprang leak enroute from Millakake River, MI - Chicago; partially sank; Towed to Chicago River where she sank; loss of cedar pole cargo; crew rescued by freighter MOHAWK.

1907, May Converted to barge, Sturgeon Bay; 459 tons; towed by tug GEORGE NELSON; cargo stone.

1907, May 16 Enrolled Milwaukee.

1907 Towed by CHAS. B. PACKARD.

1911, Jul Towed by SMITH to Grand Haven, MI., Lake Michigan.

1913, Jun 6 Damaged in fire, Sturgeon Bay.

1913, Sep 23 Stranded 9 miles NW of Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Lake Michigan; cargo crushed stone; bound Sturgeon Bay to Manistee, MI in tow of tug; released; towed to Sturgeon Bay.

1913, Nov 8 Scuttled.

1913, Nov 10 Documents surrendered, Milwaukee.

From the Collection of:
C. Patrick Labadie
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

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HURD, JOSEPH L. (1869, Package Freighter)