G.H. Wilson (1858)
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The G.H. Wilson, a 159-ton sternwheel steam tow vessel built at Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1857 by Captain George H. Wilson. The vessel originally engaged in the St. Paul trade but later entered in the Des Moines River trade. The G.H. Wilson sank opposite Dakota, Minnesota, in 1862, but the vessel was raised and returned to service.
She was the first vessel upbound at Memphis after the fall of Vicksburg.
On May 20th, 1865 the season's first two barges of iron rails were delivered to Saint Paul by the steamboat G.H. Wilson for the construction of the Minnesota Central Railroad.
Final Voyage


November 27, 1879. "The G.H.Wilson sunk yesterday evening at Dakota while trying to land. A cake of ice struck her, causing a leak. Being near the shore the water was not deep so there was no loss of life." LaCrosse Republican Leader 11/22/1879

Engines were salvaged.
Apparently dismantled at Dakota Bay.
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