The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. P. Ward (Steamboat), 23 Jul 1865

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The steamer J.P. WARD, which the telegraph of yesterday announced destroyed by fire on the Saginaw River, was built at Detroit by G. Campbell & Co. in 1857 for the U.S. Government, to be used as a tug boat for the surveyors engaged on the St. Clair flats in dredging that locality. Some time after she was launched she was sold to Capt. Pridgeon, who placed in her the engine formerly in the steamer GORE, and subsequently engaged her in towing on the rivers. Latterly she was purchased by Capt. W. Caverly, who in 1864 sold her to parties on Lake Michigan. Early during the past spring she was transferred to the Saginaw, where she has remained up to the time of her disaster.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 23, 1865
NOTE. -- Later propeller J.S. SEAVERS

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J. P. Ward (Steamboat), 23 Jul 1865