Two seasons ago the tug J.W. EVISTON sank in 80 feet of water off Foscora, about 6 miles north of Ahnapee, Wis. The tug was valued at $2,500 and insured for $1,000. In due time the insurance was paid and the owners failed to re-register the tug in any port of entry. As she had been under water longer than the specified tome, one year, he therefore had forfeited his claim on same, and at the present time the schooner PAIGE, of Sturgeon Bay, is anchored near the sunken tug, endeavoring to lift her. Alex. Laurie, the owner of the PAIGE, says the sunken tug is now public property, and will belong to him if he can succeed in floating her.
A sunken or shipwrecked craft is regarded as having gone out of existance unless the owners renew her papers, and this is the case with the tug EVISTON. But Capt. Laurie errs in the supposition that a craft which has been permitted to remain submerged upward of one year without attempt at recovery is public property. In the event that the EVISTON is raised he will find the underwriters on hand, claiming a proprietary interest to the extent of the amount of the insurance money paid, and should he contest he will discover to his discomfort that the courts will sustain the claim, says the Evening Wisconsin. Take the case of the PEWABIC, for instance: She had been submerged for 31 years, when the American Wrecking & Salvage Company was ready to search for and recover her copper cargo. But before anything could be done in that direction it was necessary to arrange with the insurance companies which held and paid risks upon it, and thus became the owners of a percentage of the value of the copper recovered as renuneration for the work accomplished. Other cases in point might be cited, but this particular one will suffice.
Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
August 19, 1897
Steam screw J. W. EVISTON. U. S, No. 75723. Of 16.12 tons gross; 11.23 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1872. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 50.0 x 11.6 x 4.5
Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1891