G.P. Heath (1872)
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Final Voyage


While off Sheboygan, part of the steamer G.P.Heath's cargo of hay caught fire from sparks from the vessel's smokestack. The fire, which started on the Heath's forward deck, was impossible to control due to the gale that was blowing at the time. She was beached north of the Centerville piers, about 11 miles north of Sheboygan, and burned to the water's edge. Her machinery was recovered later the same month.
Service History


The G.P. Heath was rebuilt in the winter of 1878. "Because of a series of mishaps and groundings Captain Brittain decided to give her a thorough rebuilding the winter of 1879-80." "In the summer of 1881 Captain Brittain announced plans to have the hull iron-sheathed to give protection against lake ice and allow the vessel to run all winter..." Last day of surrender Milwaukee 5/4/1887, "Vessel Burned." --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
Service History


The G.P. Heath carried lumber to Chicago, hides from the stockyards to Saugatuck for tanning, and then back to Chicago markets as finished leather. She ran daily during fruit season, beginning with strawberries in early July. When things were slow in Saugatuck, the Heath went north to carry freight from Grand Haven, Muskegon and Whitehall.
 
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