Joseph L. Hurd (1869)
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Joseph Hurd
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Joseph Hurd
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Service History


The Joseph L. Hurd spent her earlier years as a passenger steamer and was later converted to a lumber and freight carrier. Over the years she had a few run ins; including a dock causing extensive damage, a bridge, a few vessels including a schooner in Sturgeon Bay causing minor damage to both vessels; the probable collision with the Magellan which sunk, and she ran into the Cayuga which did sink. Not long after the mishap with the Cayuga, the Leathem Smith Company purchased the Hurd and cut her down to a single deck steamer and used her for carrying stone. In 1907 she was cut down some more and her machinery was removed. She spent the remainder of her life as a barge. Last Document Surrendered Milwaukee, 11/10/1913: "Stranded"
Final Voyage


While tied up to the Leatham and Smith quarry, partially loaded with stone, the Hurd broke free of the moorings during a storm and was beached. The uneven strain from the partial load of stone caused her hull to break and she wasn't worth salvaging.
Today


"The bottom where the Hurd is located consists of sand & rocks, with low visibility. The vessel lies in 6' to 17' water next to the Mueller. The sides have spread so the wreck varies from 32'9 to 32'3; length is 155'. Port side is fairly intact, as is most of the deck near the stern which points toward shore and is partially buried by rocks. Stem post (8'10") is extant and lies at a 60 degree angle from verticle. The hull is distinguished by a metal plate at the bow, another along the top of the exterior, and a metal patch. One framed rectangular hole is in the side; a round metal pipe also pierces the side near the stern. A large metal structure , square at the bottom with a round wheel on top was found near the stern. No sign of the boiler, engine, machinery, etc. Additional findings include a large steel cable running south of the wreck.
 
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