George Presley Debris
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"That September, Captain Tom Isabell, noted salvager from Sturgeon Bay, contracted to remove Presley's hardware at a per ton rate. The vessel's anchors were sold the next spring for use on the scow Mike Dohearty; Isabell also removed several tons of scrap metal before he finally towed the charred relic to Sturgeon Bay where it was sunk in the boneyard above Leathem and Smith dock. Until 1910, machinery and iron were salvaged off the sunken hull, including two 10 x 6 foot boilers which were installed in the steambarge I.N.Foster, another ill-fated Door County vessel." "Capt. Thos. Isabell and crew are busily engaged in breaking up the old iron 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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