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Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Steam Barge Joys

Historic Shipwreck

 

—Wisconsin's Maritime Trails —

 
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By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2011
1. Steam Barge Joys Marker
Inscription. Resting 150 yards off shore from here is the wreckage of the steam barge Joys, a vessel once hailed as a “greyhound among lumber carriers” for her record-breaking speed. The Joys was constructed in 1884 in the Milwaukee Ship Yard Company. She hauled lumber, iron, and stone through the Sturgeon Bay ship canal between Menominee and the ports of Milwaukee, Chicago, Manistee and Michigan City. The Joys’ career ended on December 23, 1898. While at anchor in the canal, a fire broke out about one o’clock a.m. Reports conflict about where the fire started, but Captain John A. Connelly saw flames from his room in the wheelhouse, threw on his clothes, and sounded the alarm. The crew narrowly escaped as the blaze intensified. The mate and steward were forced to jump to the ice wearing nothing but their shirts. Accounts suggest that the crew then worked from shore to pull the bow of the vessel into the wind to keep the fire from spreading forward. But the line burned, and the current carried the Joys toward the canal office and government warehouse. To save these buildings, staff from the Sturgeon Bay Lifesaving Station helped attach a chain and anchor to the forward part of the hull. Eventually, the burning steam barge was towed back to its moorings, where it burned to the waterline and sank. The Joys was unceremoniously abandoned at
Steam Barge Joys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2011
2. Steam Barge Joys Marker
her current location on the north side of the Pankratz Lumber Company, where she was utilized for some years as a breakwater.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails marker series.
 
Location. 44° 50.819′ N, 87° 23.195′ W. Marker is in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from Alabama Street. Click for map. Located on hiking trail within Sunset Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bradley Crandall Sawmill Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Sturgeon Bay (approx. 0.9 miles away); ‘Old Bell’ Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hay Hardware (approx. 0.9 miles away); 110-114 North 3rd Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Merchants Exchange Bank (approx. one mile away); Masonic Temple (approx. one mile away); The Old Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sturgeon Bay.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Steam Barge Joys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2011
3. Steam Barge Joys Marker
Steam Barge Joys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 13, 2011
4. Steam Barge Joys Marker
 
 
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