A.S. Piper (1880)
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The tug A.S. Piper caught fire at port on Tuesday evening, Oct. 14, 1890. She was lying at the upper mill wharf (Sturgeon Bay; Reynold's dock), the crew having gone ashore. When they returned they found the craft wrapped in flames. The tug Mosher happened to be nearby and promptly pulled the burning vessel away from the wharf. The A.S. Piper subsequently drifted in shore and became a total loss.
The fire doubtless originated around the boiler. Because the hold was full of slabs nothing could be done to subdue the flames when help arrived. "

"A historical account stated, "Capt. John Walker, who owned the craft, values her at $3,000 having refused an offer of $2,700 for her last spring."

"Owners of the tug Piper have been engaged for a week or more in getting out the boiler and engine of the burned craft. The former has been raised and placed on terra firma" DCA Saturday 2/28/1891
Service History


The small wooden tug A.S. Piper was built in Milwaukee in 1880 and was owned by Captain John Walker. Valued at $3,000.00 and insured for $2,000.00.
Last document of enrollment was surrendered at Milwaukee 8/13/1894: "Burned at Sturgeon Bay".
Today


The A.S. Piper was still to be found sunken at the head of Sturgeon Bay near the channel, as of April 1904.
 
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