G.H. Wilson (1858)
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Service History


The G.H. Wilson, a 159-ton sternwheel steam tow vessel, sank opposite Dakota, Minnesota, in 1862. The vessel was raised and returned to service after sinking in 1862. She was the first vessel upbound at Memphis after the fall of Vicksburg and was finally lost in ice at LaCrosse on November 27, 1879.
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." Engines were salvaged. Apparently dismantled at Dakota Bay. --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
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