The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Joseph L. Hurd (Propeller), U75154, waterlogged, 12 Aug 1906

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Chicago, Aug. 13. -- While coming to Chicago from Grand Marais with a cargo of telegraph poles and posts, the old steamer JOSEPH L. HURD sprang a leak in the heavy seas off Grosse Point yesterday morning and soon waterlogged. After the stern had sunk to the water's edge the crew were taken off by the Western Transit liner MOHAWK and brought to Chicago. Tugs were sent out and brought the wreck to port last evening. The entire after cabin had been washed away by the heavy seas, leaving the cylinders sticking up out of the water, and about half the deck load of poles had been washed away. This is the third serious accident for the HURD. About eight years ago it sank the Lehigh Valley liner CAYUGA in collision near the Straits of Mackinac, escaping from the encounter practically unharmed. Last year it turned turtle when its deck load of stone shifted at Grand haven and the crew had a narrow escape.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 13, 1906
Steam screw JOSEPH L. HURD. U. S. No. 75154. of 557 tons gross; 389 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1869. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 171.0 x 29.2 x 10.0 Crew of 14. Of 600 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Freight: telegraph poles
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07892 Longitude: -87.72256
William R. McNeil
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Joseph L. Hurd (Propeller), U75154, waterlogged, 12 Aug 1906