Kate Williams (1862)
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Kate Williams
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Service History


John Martin owned the tug Kate Williams. "She was a large tug and had been used extensively in raft towing. She was a fine modeled tug and was quite fast." Last Document Surrendered Marquette, June/26/1918: "Abandoned"
Final Voyage


In September 1907 the Kate Williams was anchored between Jackson Harbor and Rock Island "a bad blow came up from the north, and blew very hard that night. It was too much for the anchor chain and it parted, letting her drift in between Washington Island and Rock Island. The seas pushed her up quite high on the rocks, and she was soon lying over on her side with not much water under her. The tug Leathem Smith came up from Sturgeon Bay with a barge and all necessary equipment to release and salvage her. Although this was a big and powerful tug, they could not release her. This happened in 1909. They gave up the attempt but they recovered the steam boiler and the engine and all pumps, etc. that were useful. A new tug was built at Sturgeon Bay and all this machinery was used to power it. They named her the "John Hunsader."
Today


"Wreck of the Kate Williams is beached, it consists of 24' of keelson from the stempost aft, several timbers and bow deadwood. A portion of the stempost is intact on the forward end of the keelson assembly, measuring 13" molded and 14" sided. Other portions of this vessel may be at the east end of Jackson Harbor where the ship was originally wrecked."
 
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