Joys (1884)
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By The Numbers
Lives Lost
Depth (ft)
Service History

The Joys was built for the lumber trade and that was her primary cargo but she also carried some iron and stone. In her last two years she was mainly carrying stone. She experienced an uneventful life through 1890. She then changed ownership a few times and was involved in an accident. She became a real workhorse and received the title "greyhound among the lumber carriers" for delivering one million board feet of lumber in 1893. Last Document surrendered Milwaukee 12/31/1898: "Vessel Burned"
Final Voyage

December 24,1898. "The steamer Joys, which docked at Sturgeon Bay Canal, burned at an early hour. The fire originated from the smoke stack and burned the vessel to the water's edge. Subsequent assessment of the damage determined her to be a total loss. Several tons of iron (mostly bolts) were taken from her hull, while the propeller wheel, shaft, rudder and shoe were also removed. Her hull was then placed as a breaker on the north side of the Pankratz Lumber Co. dock."

The Joys is located south of the Bay Ship Building Company just north of the Adriatic. The hull has been flattened and scattered by ice.
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