Hunter (1855)
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The wooden two masted scow-schooner Hunter was built in 1855 by Smith, Kelley, and Lockwood boat builders in Milan, Ohio. The vessel was rated for insurance at B2 and valued at $3,200 in 1874. Her official registry number was 11301. The Hunter was built as a sand scow for use in the Milwaukee area and was owned by the Milwaukee Tug Company.
Final Voyage


Milwaukee Sentinel, July 13, 1887:
"Bottom side up - Scow Hunter Meets With Disaster In The River (Milwaukee River). - The Milwukee Tug Company's sand scow, Hunter, lies bottom side up and hard on her dumped cargo at the company's sand dock, between East Water Street and Broadway bridges. After the steam shovel had about scooped out one of the forward pockets, the scow settled aft, and unnoticed began taking in water through her siphon. Not until she began to settle to one side was the inflow of water discovered and it was then too late to get steam on and pump her out. She settled gradually and the crew left her when her starboard rail was nearly even with the water. Hardly had they got on the dock when she careened over and a moment later came bottom side up dumping 150 yards of sand beneath her, on which she stuck fast. All attempts to right her were abandoned until today when dredges will be engaged. It is thought that the scow boiler has gone through the top of the house to the bottom of the river, and possibly the steampump too, although the latter was fastened to the deck. The damage and delay will amount to a considerable sum."
Today


The remains of the sand scow Hunter were removed from the river. What remains is unknown.
 
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