Hiram R. Bond (1888)
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The wooden steam screw Hiram R. Bond was built in 1888 in Milwaukee at the south bank of the Menominee River by the Milwaukee Shipyard. The Bond was built as a steamer but later she was cut down to a scow built sand dredge and used as a sandsucker. She was equipped with a powerful sand sucker, with which the sand was drawn up from the bottom of the lake. The vessel had a carrying capacity of 285 tons. The official number was 95966.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Milwaukee: 5/31/1905: "Vessel Lost".
Final Voyage


May 29, 1905. The sandsucker Hiram R. Bond collided with the car ferry Pere Marquette #20 while returning to port. She was carrying a load of 215 yards of sand in a dense fog bank and went to the bottom three quarters of a mile northeast of the light beacon on the breakwater with 18 fathoms of water over her. The crew members were taken ashore by a tug. The Bond sank immediately and defied all efforts to salvage the vessel. The Pere Marquette 20 received little or no damage.
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Divers located the wreck in May of 2003.
 
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