Equator (1853)
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Service History


The Equator was on the Upper Mississippi from 1855-1856 running out of St. Paul and on the Minnesota River in 1857.
Final Voyage


At about 3 pm May 26, 1859, the sidewheel steamer Equator left Prescott for Stillwater, Minn. Above Afton, the wind increased to a gale and, according to Merrick, the Equator's sternwheel became disabled, when the port eccentric rod broke, leaving the vessel powerless. Wallowing in the troughs of the waves, the Equator was blown ashore on the Wisconsin side of the lake about five miles below Hudson Wis., and according to Merrick in 1909, "her bones are there today." The Equator is located in the St. Croix River 16 to 17 miles above the Mississippi River; SCR Mile 16 to 17. "We went to the wreck in the morning, and found it in shallow water, but in such shape that there is little hope of saving anything but the furniture and machinery."
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