The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sidewheeler Peytonia

Neff, Charles S., Artist
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The Peytonia, considered to be the second steamer in the passenger trade on Lake Winnebago, was built about 1847; 150 feet long, 30 feet wide. It carried many thousands of early settlers into the Fox river valley before the railroads came. It was wrecked by ice, April, 1858, while on a run through Lake Butte-des-Morts; had a few passengers for New London, Wis. While entering a channel made by the ice, the ice closed in and, acting like a pair of shears, cut off the bottom. The cabin was left sitting on the ice; no lives lost; engines & boilers salvaged by Neff & Co. (Oshkosh Public Library has further information). Also, Charles S. Neff wrote an account of
the accident.
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John S. Neff
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Sidewheeler Peytonia