In 1890 the J. Evenson
was sold to George O. Spears and was employed in towing logs for the Island Mill. Later in 1890 she was again sold and was used to tow vessels through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and to tow barges loaded with stone for the Laurie Stone Co.
The last document of enrollment was surrendered at Milwaukee on June 7, 1895; "Total Loss"
On June 5th, 1895 the J. Evenson
received a signal from the new steambarge I. Watson Stephenson
for help thru the the ship canal. "The Evenson
ran out to the steamer Stephenson
, took her line, and attempted to cross her bow, a movement that proved fatal. When the tug took the line she intended to run ahead, and to do so it was necessary to cross the path of the barge. She had almost accomplished this feat when the Stephenson
, which was going 10 or 11 miles per hour, caught the tug under the stern, swung her around across her bow and rolled her over. The Evenson
filled and sank, the whole disaster occurring in less than three minutes.
The crew escaped--all except Boswell, whose watch was below.''