George Presley (1889)
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Final Voyage


"Thus it was with the George Presley which was bound for Escanaba for a cargo of ore on a summer's day in 1905. A blaze of unknown origin was discovered on board and, despite the best efforts of the crew, soon got entirely out of control. The 16 seamen were forced into their lifeboats and headed toward Washington Island which was about a mile off. The escaping crew was soon met by the Plum Island Lifesaver's surfboat which was responding to the Presley's SOS." "The steamer Presley caught fire and went ashore near the dock at West Harbor, Washington Island. Diver Isabell later salvaged the anchors and the tug George Nelson brought the burned hulk down to Sturgeon Bay. The Presley settled on the bottom at the Leathem and Smith boneyard above the Leathem and Smith dock." --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
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"Captain Thos. Isabell and crew are busily engaged in the wreck of the steamer Presley. This is being done by the use of dynamite, and the resemble the report of cannon every time a charge is exploded." --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
 
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