Helvetia (1873)
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Helvetia
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Service History


"For many years, the Helvetia was in the coal and ore trade, and later as a tow barge in the lumber trade. She was reported chartered for ocean service in 1898 and went down and came back on the lakes again. In the 90's and up to about 1902-03, she belonged to Henry J. Johnson, Cleveland, and towed behind the Henry J. Johnson in the coal and ore trade. From about 1903 to 1917, she belonged to Edward Hines Lumber Co., Chicago, and was towed in the lumber trade. She was laid up for a while in Erie, probably about 1918. On March 23,1918, Milwaukee Custom House reports her as a barge, owned by C. Reiss Coal Co., Sheboygan, and in M.V. 1919 classes her as a barge. She was used in the coal trade between Sheboygan and Two Rivers and had her masts removed."
Final Voyage


"On Sept. 10, 1921, the Helvetia was towed into the lake from Shebogan by the tug Peter Reiss and scuttled (set afire) and sunk 10 miles northeast of Sheboygan."
Today


"The vessel Helvetia's hull lies intact in 165' of water, masts were salvaged prior to scuttling. She is tangled with commercial fishing nets."
 
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