Lucius Newberry (1875)
The steam paddle Lucius Newberry on Lake Geneva
Lady of the Lake and Lucius Newberry docked on Geneva Lake
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Service History

The Lucius Newberry was Lake Geneva's more exquisite sidewheelers "complete with a luxurious decor that included crystal, brass and polished fixtures, and even oil paintings." Original 3" thick oak planking nailed to steambent oak frames .. 1875 Replanked, straightened, steel reinforced 1879.
Final Voyage

"On Dec. 9,1891 at 4 in the morning the Lucis Newberry caught fire (reasons unknown) the dock keeper untied the stern lines, the burning ship floated til the hull sank around what was thought to be Allerton estates. However, rumors reported it to have sank in Geneva Bay. In 1971 an expedition was formed to try and locate the Lucis Newberry in Allerton but to no avail. On July 1, 1981 by accident the boat was found and salvaged by a group of local divers. The city would not support their salvage operations. There were repeated incidents of threats by the salvage crew to ward off any other bounty hunters. In 1982 the boiler, steam engine and paddle wheel assembly were pulled from the lake. They will be "stored until it can be displayed at a permanent location."
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