The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Steamer St. Joseph

Neff, Charles S., Artist
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The arched, twin wheel steamer, St. Joseph was built in 1867, Buffalo, N.Y.; 146 x 29; 304 gross tons. The vessel was cut down from a passenger steamer of the Goodrich Transportation Company to a lumber carrier. It was hauled out in 1886 at Manitowoc, Wis. and raised four feet at a cost of $32,500. In 1888 the vessel burned in the St. Clair river near Sarnia, Ont. It was raised with pontoons by Capt. Sam Neff, who purchased the wreck for $3,800 from the T. W. Harvey Lumber Co. The salvage work was watched by Charles S. Neff. The vessel was used by Samuel Neff & Sons in the lumber trade until 1895 when it was sold to F. W. Wheeler & Co., Bay City, Mich. The St. Joseph is listed in Beers, History of the Great Lakes, voI. 1, p. 883; Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, 1893.; Ship Masters' Assoc. Directory, 1903.
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John S. Neff
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Steamer St. Joseph