Julia (1843)
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"In 1842 a 100 foot iron hulled sidewheeler was fabricated in Pittsburgh and assembled in Buffalo for the Lake Survey Department. She was one of, if not the first, iron vessel constructed for the U.S. Government. She was launched as Col. Albert but re-named Surveyor in 1845. From 1843 until 1878 she conducted surveys of the upper lakes. Sold out of service at Duluth in 1878 she became the excursion boat Julia on the St. Clair River. In 1883 she was sold to C.B. Freyberg of Sheboygan, WI, who used her to tow rafts on Green Bay. Early in the 1890's she was stripped and abandoned outside the harbor of Sheboygan. Most of her remains were removed in 1939 during the construction of a yacht club. But in 1992 during work at the club more of her pieces, including part of her stern, were recovered. These will now become part of an exhibition on the U.S. Corps of Engineers." "The little steamer conducted surveys of the entire Upper Great Lakes between 1843 and the Civil War years, and then she was joined by the similar steamer Search. In 1878 the Surveyor was retired by the federal government and offered for sale at Detroit."
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