The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Evenson (Tug), U76523, sunk by collision, 5 Jun 1895

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      Ahnapee, June 6. -- The tug JOHN EVENSON was overturned about five miles north of this place by the steamer
I. WATSON STEPHENSON at 6 o'clock last night. Martin Boswell of Sturgeon Bay, a fireman who was asleep in the hold, was carried down with the tug. The EVENSON was on her way from Milwaukee to Sturgeon Bay and attempted to take the line of the STEPHENSON to pilot her through the canal. In trying to pick up the line, she got across the steamer's bow in such a position that she was struck amidships. The tug rolled completely over and instantly filled and went down in 300 feet of water. All of the crew except Boswell were thrown into the water and were picked up by the STEPHENSON and her consorts. The rescued men were Capt. John Laurie; Engineer, Ashley Cofrin; Fireman, Charles Ristow; Steward, Cyrus LaPlant. The lost tug was owned by the Laurie Stone Company and was valued at $5,000. She was uninsured.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      June 6, 1895

Tug J. EVENSON, 32 tons gross, built at Milwaukee 1884, sunk by collision near Ahnapee, 1895.
      "Hist., of the Great Lakes"
      by Mansfield

Tug JOHN EVENSON, wrecked by collision June 6, 1895. Value $4,500
      Lake Disasters of 1895 [total losses]
      Door County Advocate, Wis.
      Saturday, January 11, 1896

      Steam screw J. EVENSON. U. S. No. 76523. Of 32.73 tons gross; 16.37 tons net. Built 1884 ast Milwaukee, Wis. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 54.2 x 13.8 x 7.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S, 1885

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.60889 Longitude: -87.43259
William R. McNeil
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John Evenson (Tug), U76523, sunk by collision, 5 Jun 1895