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MILWAUKEE MARINE AND SHIPPING
SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS

Milwaukee County Wisconsin Genealogy

The following ships were listed in various sources, newspapers 
and publications as having a Milwaukee connection.
This list includes information collected by David D. Swayze, Lake Isabella, MI
SHIPS BUILT IN MILWAUKEE The following ships were listed in various sources, newspapers and publications as having a Milwaukee connection. This list includes information collected by David D. Swayze, Lake Isabella, MI Following this list is a bit of history on various ship builders in Milwaukee. There is a link from the builder to the history.
Ship Name
Other names
Official NoTypeYr. BuiltBuilderPlace Built
A A C TESSLER
none known
107409 s. str. 1898   Milwaukee
A.B.C.F.M.
see also J.A. STRONACH
12978 schooner 1854 Barber (Barbour) Milwaukee
A.C. MITCHELL
also seen as ALEX MITCHELL
  brig unknown    
ADDA
none known
none schooner bef 17 Oct 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
ADELL
none known
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1860   Milwaukee
ADVANCE
none known
365 schooner, wood, bulk freight 1853 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
ADVENTURE
none known
none schooner 1868   Milwaukee
A. EATON
none known
105470 propeller 1872   Milwaukee
A.E. CLIFFORD
none known
249688 fish tug, steel 1946   Milwaukee
AGNES W
launched as ROSWELL P. FLOWER
110724 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1887 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
A.J. VIEAU
none known
none schooner 1847   Milwaukee
ALGOMA
none known
551 str. 1845   Milwaukee
ALICE
none known
none s. str. 1878   Milwaukee
ALICE B. NORRIS
none known
105471 schooner wood 1872 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
ALLEGHANY
none known
379 propeller, wood, bulk freight "steam barge" 1856 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
ALMA
none known
106517 scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast 1887 H.S. Downer Milwaukee
ANGUS SMITH
none known
105030 schooner wood 1871 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
APPRENTICE BOY
none known
  schooner 1867   Milwaukee
ARCADIA
none known
106683 tug wood 1889 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
ARTHUR
none known
106552 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1888 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
B.B. JONES
none known
2158 propeller steam tug, wood 1864 B.B. Jones Milwaukee
BADGER
none known
  steamer 1837 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
BADGER
none known
207380 tug wood 1899 Jake Straubinger Milwaukee
BADGER STATE
none known
2134 bark, wood, 3-mast 1853 James M. Jones Milwaukee
BALTIC
none known
  schooner 1846   Milwaukee
BARNEY EATON
see next entry
2142 schooner 1856 Geo Filkins Milwaukee
BARBER GEORGE
could be G. Barber
none   1857 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
BEN FROEMMING
Various (see details)
248879 propeller steel (hull #26) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
BETTY-D
none known
253177 propeller 1947   Milwaukee
BLUE BELL
also seen as BLUE BELLE
2235 scow-schooner, wood, 2-mast 1867 Edwards Milwaukee
BOLIVARG
none known
  schooner 1837 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
BONESTEEL
none known
  schooner 1845   Milwaukee
BOSTON
none known
         
BRILLIANT
none known
none schooner, wood, lumber 1856 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
BUSINESS
none known
3163 propeller, wood 1881 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
B.W. ALDRICH
later W.B. ALDRICH (1903)
2701 propeller steam tug, wood, salvage June 1868 Allen, McLellan & Co. Milwaukee
CARL
none known
126575 s. str. 1889   Milwaukee
CALUMET
none known
126838 wood tug 1892 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
CARL
none known
126575 wood tug 1889 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
C.G. BREED
none known
4577 schooner, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight 1862 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
CHAMPION
none known
  schooner 1844 S. Farmin Milwaukee
CHARLEVOIX
Various (see details)
246354 propeller steel (hull #13) 1944 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
C. HARRISON
also seen as CALEB HARRISON
4569 schooner, wood 1854 Caleb Harrison or E. Euniack Milwaukee
CHATHAM
Various (see details)
246561 propeller steel (hull#14) 1944 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
CHERUBUSCO
none known
  bark 1848 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
C.H. HACKLEY
none known
5992 schooner wood, 3-mast 1868 Allen, McLellan & Co. Milwaukee
CHERUBUSCO
also seen as CHERUBUSKO, CHIRBUSCO
4329 bark, wood, 3-mast 1848 Hubbell Milwaukee
CHICAGO
see entry below
126009 tug wood 1882 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
CHICAGO
none known
232533 tug wood (launch) 1916 Great Lakes Boat Building Co. Milwaukee
CHRISTIE
none known
5991 scow schooner 1869   Milwaukee
C. H. STARKE
none known
125945 propeller wood 1881 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
C.J. HUTCHINSON
none known
  brig 1847 S. Farmin Milwaukee
CLARION
Various (see details)
  propeller steel 1944 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
COASTAL RACER
YFP-10 (1952 - 1975)
248687 propeller steel (hull #22) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
CODINGTON
POHANG (1952-1974)
263035 propeller steel (hull #18) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
COLONEL CARD
Various (see details)
US Army propeller steel 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
COLONEL CLAYTON
none known
US Army propeller steel 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
COLONEL POND
Various (see details)
US Army propeller steel 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
COLQUITT
Various (see details)
  propeller steel (hull#19) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
COMMERCE
none known
125645 steam scow, wood 1878 E. Bond Milwaukee
CONSTITUTION
none known
4568 schooner 1861 Benjamin B. Jones Milwaukee
CRAIGHEAD
KASTAMONU (1947-1984) Turkey
US Army propeller steel (hull#20) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
CRAMER
none known
  schooner 1847   Milwaukee
CRAWFORD
none known
125799 tug wood 1880 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
CREAM CITY
none known
4579 bark, wood, 3-mast 1862 B.B. Jones Sheboygan (fitted out at Milwaukee)
CROOK
none known
  schooner 1847   Milwaukee
DAN NEWHALL
D. NEWHALL
6135 schooner 1852 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
DAN COSTELLO
none known
6854 tug wood 1874 James N. Brookes Milwaukee
DAWN
none known
157211 scow-schooner, wood 1888   Milwaukee
DENVER
MCMARTIN
157268
C131008
propeller wood 1890 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
DETROIT
none known
none schooner, wood 1837   Milwaukee
DICK DAVIS
see also Joseph E. Rumbell
6720 tug propeller 1871   Milwaukee
DICK SOMERS
none known
6436 schooner, wood 1863 Wolf & Lawrence Milwaukee
D.O. DICKENSON
none known
none schooner 1854 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
DODRIDGE
Various (see details)
284685 propeller steel (hull#21) 1945 Froemming Brothers, Inc. Milwaukee
DOLPHIN
see entries below
  schooner 1841   Milwaukee
DOLPHIN
  schooner 1850   Milwaukee
DOLPHIN
  schooner 1841   Milwaukee
DOLPHIN
6205 schooner, wood 1862 Allen, McLellan & Co. Milwaukee
DREDGE
none known
  government dredge 1853 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
DRIVER
none known
6201 schooner (barge), wood, bulk freight 1856 James Madison Jones Milwaukee
EAGLE
none known
210709 fish tug, wood 1912   Milwaukee
E. CRAMER
none known
  schooner 1847 Gelson Milwaukee
E. HENDERSON
also known as Elizabeth Henderson
none schooner, wood 1845 G. Barber Milwaukee
E.D.HOLTON
none known
135116 propeller steam tug, wood 1874 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
EDWARD E. SKEELE
See JOHN MEE and PAULINE
76264 schooner 1881 George Barber Milwaukee
ELIDA
none known
7512 schooner wood, 2-mast 1863 John McCallum Milwaukee
ELSIE MARIE
none known
104489 gas s. 1907   Milwaukee
EMILY
none known
none schooner 1853 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
EMMA
none known
7302 schooner 1853 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
E.R. BLAKE
none known
135812 schooner, wood 1867 Carlson Port Washington (near Milwaukee)
FANNY AND FLOY
none known
9309 schooner 1855 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
FERDINAND SCHLESINGER
none known
120841 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1891 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
FIRE ISLAND
none known
243531 tug steel (hull #8) 1943 B.A. Froeming Ship Building Co. Milwaukee
FLORA
none known
  scow 1866 Elsworth & Co. Milwaukee
FLORA
URANIA
120210 steamer wood 1875 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
FORD RIVER
none known
  schooner 1879 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
FRANCES
ADROIT II (1923-1957)
220433 yacht wood 1920 Great Lakes Boat Building Co. Milwaukee
FRANK BRAEGER
MAJESTIC
231087 wood fish tug 1931   Milwaukee
FRED CARNEY
none known
120559 schooner 1883   Milwaukee
FRED. HILL
none known
none schooner, wood 1854 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
FRED PABST
none known
120794 propeller wood 1890 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
FREE TRADER
none known
  schooner 1843   Milwaukee
FUR TRADER
none known
  schooner 1842 B.B. Jones Milwaukee
G.R. GREEN
George R. Green
85390 propeller steam tug, wood 1874 Penny Milwaukee
GALLINIPPER
built on hull of NANCY DOUSMAN
none schooner, wood 1846 H. Gibson Milwaukee
GENERAL J. FRANKLIN BELL
none known
U.S. Army propeller 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
GENERAL JOHN P. STORY
ACADIA
US Army propeller steel 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
GENERAL ROCHESTER
MICHAEL J. PERKINS (1923-1961)
U.S. Army propeller steel 1919 Fabricated Shipbuilding Co. Milwaukee
GEORGE BARBER
G. BARBER
10191 schooner 1857 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
GEORGE C. MARKAM
JOHN M. CULLEN (1920-1933)
85779 propeller wood 1883 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
GEORGE G. HOUGHTON
none known
85374 schooner, wood, 3-mast 1873 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
GEORGE H. DYER
see also HENNEPIN
86016 propeller wood 1888 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
GEORGE LAWRENCE
none known
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1847 D. Merrill Milwaukee
GEORGE W. FORD
none known
10322 schooner, wood 1852 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
GOLDEN
none known
86194 tug wood 1892 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
GOLDEN WEST
none known
10199 schooner, wood 1861 B.B. Jones Milwaukee
GOLD HUNTER
none known
  schooner 1852   Milwaukee
HANOVER
See Below
    1862 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
HANOVER
could be same HANOVER as above
    unknown   Milwaukee
HANS CROCKER
none known
11174 bark, wood, 3-mast 1856 James M. Jones Milwaukee
HARRY H
BOB RICHARD II (1974)
232597 fish tug, steel 1933   Milwaukee
HATTIE
none known
none schooner 1863   Milwaukee
HATTIE TAYLOR
HETTY TAYLOR, HETTIE TAYLOR
95356 schooner, wood 1874 E.C. Penney Milwaukee
HELEN
see also ULSTER
  scow-schooner 1874 Rio Ulster? Milwaukee
HELEN
none known
95651 scow-scooner, wood, 2-mast 1881 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
HELFENSTEIN
none known
none brig 1847 Gilson Milwaukee
HENNEPIN
built as steamer GEORGE H. DRYER, renamed in 1898
86016 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1888 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
HENRY U. KING
also Henry King also H.U. King
none schooner 1848 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
H.F. BUES
none known
95346 tug 1873   Milwaukee
HIRAM MERRILL
none known
none schooner 1845   Milwaukee
HIRAM R. BOND
none known
95966 unrigged scow, wood (built as propeller steamer) 1888 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
HOME
none known
  schooner 1867   Milwaukee
IDA
nicknamed "The Potato Ship"
12140 schooner, wood, 3-mast 1867 Allen, McClelland Milwaukee
IDA CAROLINE
none known
100771 schooner 1902   Milwaukee
INDUS
none known
none schooner bef 17 Oct 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
ITASCA
none known
100108 schooner, wood 1873 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
J. & A. STRONACH
see also A.B.C.F.W.
12978 schooner wood 1855 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
J. EVENSON
often seen as John Evenson
76523 propeller steam tug, wood 1884 John Evenson Milwaukee
J. LAWRENCE
none known
  schooner 1854 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
J. STEINHART
none known
none schooner 1854 E. Euniak (Eunice?) Milwaukee
JAMES DEMPSEY
built as steamer JIM SHERIFFS, renamed PETERS in 1907, CHARLES HORN in 1915, JAMES DEMPSEY in 1920
76392 propeller, wood, bulk freighter 1883 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
JAMES H. SHRIGLEY
none known
C-134512 US-76214 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1881 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
JAMES CHRISTIE
none known
none schooner 1857 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
JAMES MCGORDON
J.C. EVANS (1898-1914)
75867 tug wood 1876 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
JAMES MOWATT
none known
76518 schooner-barge, wood 1884 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
JAMES WADE
none known
75522 schooner, wood, 3-mast 1873 Reed, Henderson, NY as a two-mast schooner, mizzen added later Milwaukee (also reported as Henderson NY)
JASON PARKR
none known
  schooner 1859   Milwaukee
JIM SHERIFFS
see also JACK DEMPSEY
         
J. M. JONES
none known
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
JOHN B. MERRILL
also seen as W.JOHN B. MERRILL
75592 schooner, wood 1873 Allen, McClelland & Co. Milwaukee
JOHN DAVIS
none known
  schooner unknown   Milwaukee
JOHN EGGERS
none known
76714 scow-schooner, wood 1887   Milwaukee
JOHN MEE
see EDWARD E. SKEELE, also PAULINE
76264 schooner 1881 George Barber Milwaukee
JOHN RUGEE
none known
76758 propeller wood 1888 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
JOS. GOLDSMITH
also known as JOSEPH GOLDSMITH
76317 propeller steam tug, wood 1882 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
JOSEPH E. RUMBELL, JR.
built as DICK DAVIS, renamed in 1882
6720 propeller steam tug, wood 1871 Brooks Milwaukee
JOSEPH PAIGE
none known
75593 schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 2-mast 1872 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
JOSEPH WARD
none known
none schooner 1844 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
JOSEPHINE
none known
75673 propeller sand scow, wood (also seen as schooner) 1874 Allen, McClelland & Co. Milwaukee
JOSEPHINE LAWRENCE
none known
none schooner 1854 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
JOYS
none known
76537 propeller wood 1884 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
JUNIATTA PATTEN
none known
  schooner 1847 Gelson Milwaukee
KEVINBREN
see SOLOMON JUNEAU
         
KEWAUNEE
none known
U.S. Army barge, dipper dredge, composite 1913   Milwaukee
KIRK WHITE
none known
14041 schooner, wood, 2-mast 1852 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
KITTY GRANT
none known
14035 schooner, wood, 2-mast, bulk freight 1853 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
LAWRENCE
none known
  schooner 1847 S. Farmin Milwaukee
LEM ELLSWORTH
none known
140062 schooner, wood, bulk freight 1874 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
LESTER R. ROCKWELL
L. R. Rockwell
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1845 Gelson Milwaukee
L.H. BOOLE
none known
14809 propeller, steam tug, wood 1857 L.H. Boole Milwaukee
LIZZIE DOAK
none known
15640 schooner, wood 1868 Gibson Milwaukee (also reported as Winneconne)
LOUIS PAHLOW
none known
140559 propeller wood 1882 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
MADONA
none known
90717 schooner, wood 2 mast 1871 William Aylward Milwaukee
MANITOWOC
none known
  schooner 1841   Milwaukee
MARENGO
none known
90583 schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight 1873 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
MARIA
none known
C391096 (also 91096) schooner, wood 1878   Milwaukee
MARINER
none known
16401 schooner 1853 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
MARION W. PAGE
none known
90989 schooner 1876   Milwaukee
MARTHA
none known
206883 s. str. 1909   Milwaukee
MARSHALL F. BUTTERS
none known
91408 propeller, wood, bulk freight, lumber hooker 1882 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
MARTIN TREU
none known
204474 s. str. 1907   Milwaukee
MARY
See below
16409 schooner 1848   Milwaukee
MARY
none known
90910 tug wood 1876 James N. Brooks Milwaukee
MAY DURR
see also Three Brothers
91998 propeller 1888 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
MAY QUEEN
none known
none Schooner, wood 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
M. DOUSMAN
also known as Michael Dousman
none schooner, wood 1843 S. Farmin Milwaukee
MENOMINEE
none known
91551 barge 1883   Milwaukee
MENOMONEE
none known
  steamer 1838 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
MILTON
none known
50395 scow-schooner, wood, bulk freight 1867 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE
none known
  schooner 1838 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE
none known
51332 barge 1891   Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE BELLE
also seen as Milwaukee BELL
16642 Schooner, wood 1854 James M. Jones Milwaukee
MINNESOTA
none known
91272 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1880 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
MINT
none known
none schooner 1843   Milwaukee
MISS LIBERTY
none known
219148 propeller (yacht) 1918 Great Lakes Boat Building Co. Milwaukee
M. G. BONESTEEL
also MARY G. BONESTEEL
none schooner 1845 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
MOONLIGHT
none known
90719 schooner-barge, wood, bulk freight, 2-mast 1874 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
MURIEL W.
built as propeller VERONICA, renamed in 1919
C138505 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1886 Milwaukee Shipyard hull #24 US#161560 Milwaukee
MUSKEGON
none known
16404 schooner 1848 S. Farmin Milwaukee
MYOSOTIS
none known
90764 schooner, wood, 3-mast, bulk freight 1874 Milwaukee Shipyard [begun by Allen & McClelland] Milwaukee
MYSTIC
none known
93171 str.s 1874   Milwaukee
NAPOLEON
none known
18174 schooner wood 2-mast 1854 George Barber Milwaukee
NEBRASKA
none known
  schooner 1848 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
NELSON
none known
18173 schooner-barge, wood, 3-mast 1866 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
NORMAN
none known
130265 schooner 1883   Milwaukee
NORTH CAPE
none known
none schooner bef 17 Oct 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
NORWAY
none known
18105 schooner, wood, 2-mast 1854 J. M. Jones Milwaukee
NUCLEUS
none known
18103 bark, wood, 3-mast 1848 S. Farmin Milwaukee
ODIN
none known
  schooner 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
OMAHA
MAPLE GREEN
155146 propeller wood 1887 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
PALMBAY
built as prop PUEBLO, renamed RICHARD W in 1916, renamed PALMBAY in 1923
C133822 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1891 Milwaukee Shipyard hull# 33 Milwaukee
PAULINE
JOHN MEE, EDWARD E. SKEELE
19674 schooner wood 2-mast 1856 George Barber Milwaukee
PENOKEE
none known
20468 schooner wood 1872 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
PESHTIGO
none known
150474 schooner-barge, wood, 2-mast bulk freight 1889 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
PETERS
see also JACK DEMPSEY
76392 s. str. 1883   Milwaukee
PILOT
see below
  schooner 1846 G. Barber Milwaukee
PILOT
none known
150270 propeller, tug 1882   Milwaukee
PORTER
none known
150012 schooner wood 1874 Allen, McClelland & Co. Milwaukee
PROGRESS
none known
150205 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1880 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
PUEBLO
Various (see details)
150512 propeller wood 1891 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
R.J. PETERS
none known
110424 propeller, wood, bulk freight "steambarge" 1879-1880 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
RESUMPTION
none known
110384 schooner, wood, 3-mast, lumber 1879 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
ROCKWELL
none known
  schooner 1845   Milwaukee
ROSA BELLE
none known
21302 schooner, wood, 2-mast 1863 L.H. Boole Milwaukee
ROSE DOUSMAN
none known
none schooner, wood 1855 L. Cox Milwaukee
ROSWELL P. FLOWER
see also AGNES W.
110724 propeller 1887   Milwaukee
ROUSE SIMMONS
none known
110087 schooner, wood, 3-mast 1868 Allen, McClelland & Co. Milwaukee
SAVANNAH
see below
  schooner 1837 Mr. Hubbel Milwaukee
SAVELAND
none known
115227 schooner, wood 1873 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
SHANGHAL
none known
  bark 1856 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
SHEPPARDSON
none known
  schooner 1845   Milwaukee
SOLOMON JUNEAU
see below
  schooner 1837 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
SOLOMON JUNEAU
KEVINBREN
254619 fish tug, steel 1947   Milwaukee
SOUTH SIDE
none known
115334 scow schooner 1867   Milwaukee
SOUVENIR
none known
22579 schooner, wood, 3-mast 1854 Filkins, WI Milwaukee (Town of Lake)
STARKE
none known
115474 schooner wood 1876 Allen & McClellan Milwaukee
SUSIE CHIPMAN
none known
116044
C137990
propeller wood 1885 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
SYLVANUS MARVIN
also seen as S. MARVIN, SYLVESTER MARVIN, SYLVANUS
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1842 Sam’l Farmin or Farnum Milwaukee
TANNER
none known
24236 bark, wood, 3-mast 1863 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
THOMAS DAVIDSON
none known
145842 propeller wood 1888 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
THREE BROTHERS:
built as May Durr, renamed John Spry in 1892, this name in 1903
91998 propeller, wood,bulk freight 1888 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. hull#28 Milwaukee
TOBOGGAN
none known
unregistered? scow, wood, self-unloading 1886 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. Milwaukee
TOPEKA
none known
145510 propeller, wood, bulk freight, self-unloading 1889 Milwaukee Shipyard Co. hull#30 Milwaukee
TRAVELER
none known
none schooner, wood 1857 DeWolf Milwaukee
TRAVELER
none known
24128 schooner 1847 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
TWIN BROTHERS
none known
none schooner, wood, 2-mast 1848 G. Barber Milwaukee
TWO CHARLIES
none known
24145 schooner, wood 1852 James M. Jones Milwaukee
TYPO
none known
24981 schooner, wood 1873 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
ULSTER
See HELEN
  schooner barge 1874   Milwaukee
UNDINE
none known
  schooner 1855 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
UTICA
none known
none bark, wood, 3-mast 1846 J. Averill Milwaukee
VERONICA
MURIEL W.
161560 propeller wood 1886 Milwaukee Ship Yard Milwaukee
WAUCOMA
also listed as WACOMA, WAUKOMA
  brig 1863 Ellsworth & Davidson Milwaukee
WEE JOHN
    1887   Milwaukee
WENONA
none known
  sloop 1836 Geo. Barber Milwaukee
W.J. CARTER
none known
81112 also C141764 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1886 Wolf & Davidson US# 81112 Milwaukee
W.J. WHALING
also seen as W.W.J. WHALING, Wm. J. WHALING
26364 schooner, wood 1857 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
W.K. MUIR
none known
26367 tug propeller 1862 (also listed as 1860) L. H. Boole Milwaukee
WILLIAM GOODNOW
none known
26251 propeller steam tug, wood 1866 Allen & McClellan Milwaukee
WILLIAM H. WOLF
Wolf & Davidsonnone known
81164 propeller, wood, bulk freight 1887 Wolf & Davidson Milwaukee
WILLIAM JONES
none known
none schooner 1853   Milwaukee
WOLLIN
also WOLLEN
26349 schooner, wood 1854 J.M. Jones Milwaukee
WYOMING
none known
none schooner 1847   Milwaukee
ZOUAVE
none known
28021 propeller steam tug, wood 1861 B.B. Jones Milwaukee
HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE

beginning pg 467
THE SHIPPING INTERESTS

It is impossible to recite a list of all the vessel enterprises that have been undertaken by Milwaukee men, or which have had Milwaukee as an important port of lading. The number of craft is legion, and the schemes innumerable. It is aimed herein to give a sketch of the present business of the port, as a supplement to the foregoing detailed history of the establishment of vessel interests and the construction of the present commodious harbor, including the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic improvements.

The smallest steam vessel in this district is the COMMODORE NUTT, 7.98 tons register. The smallest sail vessel registered is the MARY 11.76 tons. The largest schooner in this district is the A.B. MOORE, 1,099.37 tons register.

As a port of construction Milwaukee ranks high, because of the excellence of the shipwrights' labor, which has earned flattering commendations from "both salt and fresh water ship-masters. In 1873, 10,000 tons of shipping was launched at different ship-yards, but in the ensuing monetary panic, this industry in common with all others was depressed. On the recurrence of prosperity, an improvement was noted in the demand for sail-craft, and accordingly the keeps of several large vessels, destined for grain-carrying, were laid in 1880, having a tonnage of about 5,000.

Prior to 1860, the total number of vessels of all classes built in Milwaukee was not far from seventy. Since that date, the principal undertakings are as enumerated in the subsequent pages. Up to 1860 the largest vessel was the HANS CROCKER, which measured 496 tons, built by J.M. Jones, for W.W. Hibbard. Mr. Jones also constructed the first propeller in 1856, the ALLEGHANY for the American Transportation Company. She measured 593 tons.

See J.H. Blend in Family section
See Capt. William Jamison in Family section


WOLF & DAVIDSON SHIPYARD
The largest ship-yard in Milwaukee is that of Messrs. Wolf & Davidson, who occupy a tract of land comprising an area of eleven acres, situated at the confluence of the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, and approached from the land by Washington and South Water streets. The facilities for executing work at the disposal of this firm are conceded to be the most complete on the whole chain of lakes, and in proof of this statement it is only necessary to mention that vessels from Chicago and Racine are frequently towed to this port for repairs. Labor is economized by the utilization of steam power. The firm owns one stationary dock and nine floating docks, which are in constant requisition. With such appliances at their command, a three thousand ton vessel could easily be handled, and, with the aid of a gigantic steam derrick the largest spars can be hoisted into position. Messrs. Wm. H. Wolf and Theodore Lawrence founded the business in 1858, and in 1863 sold out to Ellsworth & Davidson. In 1868, Mr. Ellsworth retired and was replaced by William H. Wolf, who purchased the interest. Since that date the business has gradually increased. The past year witnessed the completion of the barge PROGRESS, the most capacious vessel of her class now floating on the lakes, having a carrying capacity of 2,500 tons. On the first trip from Chicago to Buffalo, the PROGRESS was loaded with 80,200 bushels of corn, which were safely delivered in good condition. In 1879 the MINNESOTA, capacity 1,500 tons, was completed to the order of the Inter-Ocean Transportation Company. Since 1861 twenty-four heavy-draught sailing vessels, aggregating 182,000 tons, have been constructed. among the most prominent are mentioned the schooners, RESUMPTION, FORD RIVER, C.G. BREED, WAUKOMA, HANOVER, PENOKEE, ITASCA, GEORGE G. HOUGHTON, TYPO, LEM ELLSWORTH. Barks: TANNER, ANGUS SMITH, JOSEPH PAIGE, MARENGO, ALICE B. NORRIS, SAVELAND, MOONLIGHT and NELSON. The latter is accredited with being the finest craft of its class afloat. The MOONLIGHT is very speedy, and measures 1,100 tons, but, despite her bulk accomplished an unprecedented feat of making eleven round trips from Chicago to Buffalo, during the season of 1880. In addition to the foregoing, numerous tugs, steamers and scows have been built, and general repairs prosecuted. Although varying at different seasons, the average number of laborers employed throughout the year is about 200.

The Kirtland, Wolf & Davidson Wrecking Company is an offiliated (sic) concern with the foregoing company. The LEVIATHAN owned by this company, has been the most successful wrecking steamer on the lakes. Being under the skillful management of Capt. Kirtland, and having all the necessary appliances, such as steam pumps, derrick screws, all kinds of purchase blocks, hawsers, diving apparatus etc., she is ready, at all times to go to the relief of those acquiring aid.(Source: HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE 1881)

See. W.H. Wolf in marriage and family section
See. Thos. Davidson in marriage and family section
See Henry M. Lee in marriage and family section
See Joseph Wolter in marriage and family section
See Frederic G. Fahrman in marriage and family section
See Stephen R. Smith in marriage and family section
Capt. James Moody in marriage and family section

 
THE MILWAUKEE SHIP-YARD COMPANY

The Milwaukee Ship-yard Company was organized and chartered in 1874, with a working capital of $51,000, to continue the business of the private firm of Allan, McClellan & Co. The company's ship-yard and dry-docks ware situated on Vogel's Island and the Menomonee River. One hundred men are employed, and work to the amount of $100,000 is annually turned out. The three-and-after MYOSOTIS which was begun by the old firm, was completed by the present company. During the year 1879. the steam barge R.J. PETERS, capacity 400 M was built; and at this writing (January 1, 1881), another vessel of like proportions is in process of construction. A large amount of re-building and repairing is constantly being done. The company's dry-docks have a capacity of lifting a vessel of 1,500 tons. There are two sets of sectional docks. The officers are: President, John Fitzgerald; Secretary and Treasurer, A.M. Joys; master-mechanics, Louis Pahlow and Robert Allan. Mr. Pahlow is draughtsman and designer of vessel plans. These latter gentlemen are the only members of the original firm now interested in the company.

See Robert Allan in marriage and family section
See Louis Pahlow in marriage and family section
See Thomas Wilks in marriage and family section


MILWAUKEE TUG BOAT LINE
The above organization was incorporated in 1872, and has a capital of $80,000. Its office is No 98 Ferry street, and officers as follows: Conrad Starke, Manager; Wm. H. Meyer, Secretary and Treasurer. These gentlemen with F.C. Starke comprise the company. They have seven tugs: The WELCOME, J.J. HAGERMAN, STARKE BROS, W.K. MUIR, J.B. MERRILL, DEXTER, and E.D. HOLTON. About forty men are employed. The company has, besides two barges, one of 250 tons burden and the other 240, which are used in the lumber trade. Connected with the line is also a complete wrecking outfit--diving suit, three stearn (sic) pumps (one 12 inch centrifugal and two 9 inch Wellington); also a large number of hawsers, wrecking blocks, etc. C.H. Starke came to Milwaukee from Hanover in 1853, and Conrad Starke in 1854. Wm. H. Meyer was born in Hanover, and came to the United States in 1867. F.C. Starke is a native of Milwaukee.(Source: HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE 1881)


SHIP CHANDLERS
The house of G.D. Norris & Co., ship-chandlers, sail-makers, awning and tent manufacturers, and dealers in naval stores, was established in 1843, at the corner of East Water and Erie streets. In 1852 they moved to the present location Nos. 19 and 21 Erie street. Upon the death of Mr. Norris, which occurred in 1869, the business was carried on by Mrs. Norris and A.M. Joys, from January 1, 1870 to January 1, 1871, when her son C.W., became a partner.(Source: HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE 1881)

See G.D. Norris in marriage and family section
See C.W. Norris in marriage and family section
See A.M. Joys in marriage and family section
See John Joys in marriage and family section
See John H. Steinkopf in marriage and family section

STARKE, SMITH & CO., office corner of South Water and Clinton streets, general contractors. In addition to their business of contractors, they have four dredges, which handle from 600 to 700 cubic yards of earth per each day; eight dump scows, fifteen flat scows, and the tug BUES are used in connection with these dredges. The are proprietors of a ship yard at their slip, where they do their own building and repairing. They also own and work five spile-drivers, carrying hammers whose weight range from 2000 to 3500 lbs. They have one Nesbeth steam hammer, and employ in this business from fifty to sixty men.(Source: HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE 1881)

See Jospeh Davidson in marriage and family section
See John H. Steinkopf in marriage and family section

THE FIRST EUROPEAN CLEARANCE

The first direct clearance for an European port was that of the schooner DEAN RICHMOND, 377 tons, which sailed fromt he warehouse of H.J.F. Hill on July 19, 1856. She was commanded by Capt. Pierce, and safely delivered her cargo of 14,320 bushels of club wheat at Liverpool, on September 29, in the same year.

The consignor was C.J. Kershaw, of Montreal, who intended to ship the entire cargo to Chicago. He only obtained 5,000 bushels of club wheat at that place, the balance, 9,000 bushels of Winter wheat, being supplied by Milwaukee. The departure of the Dean Richmond was signalled by great rejoicing among the capitalists. The event was considered the opening of a new era in the history of the port, and great expectations where induldged in regarding the future of direct trade with Europe. At 4 P.M. the tug TIFT made fast to the schooner which was decked from stem to taffrail with multitudinous flags. From the fore floated the Union Jack, and the mainmast was graced with the vessel's burgee, while from the bow and stern the American colors saucily saluted the breeze. As the RICHMOND moved off from her dock a band of music engaged for the occasion, struck up "God Save the Queen," in deference to Mr. Kershaw's nativity and the numerous wealthy merchants on board cheered lustily and drank success to teh adventurous voyagers in copius bumpers of champagne. On gaining an offing the schooner was cast adrift and entered fairly upon her long journey to the inspiriting strains of "Yankee Doodle," and the commingled congratulations of her guests, who returned to Milwaukee on the TIFT, leaving the DEAN RICHMOND to draw away at a five knot pace. At the time of her departure the RICHMOND was only two months old, having been built in Cleveland. This was her second trip, Between the years 1855 and 1859 Milwaukee enterprise prompted J. Thorsen and Ditmar Fishbeck to unite in a venture to the European markets. The schooner M.S. SCOTT, Capt. Nelson Blend, tonnage 500, was chartered and freighted with a miscellaneous assortment of lumber comprising of black walnut cants, cherry crotches, oak and birds-eye maple timber, and carriages in the rough. The M.S. SCOTT, was dispatched from Milwaukee in May, 1859, destined for Hamburg, Germany, via the St. Lawrence River. The voyage occupied the usual time, and from a financial standpoint, was moderately successful. A return cargo was obtained in Newfoundland, where a cargo of oil was shipped for Boston. Arriving at the latter port Capt. Blend resigned the command and was replaced by Capt. Thomas Lord, of Milwaukee. For eighteen months the M.S. SCOTT was engaged in the costing and West India trade. In 1861, while sailing in the vicinity of Franklin, La., she was attacked by Confederates, and only escaped capture by the seamanship of Capt. Lord, who evaded his pursuers and eventually reached New York in safety.


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