Shipwreck facts: The J. D. Marshall is a steamer vessel type and a canaller property type. It was constructed in 1891 by J. C. Perene (Ellis 1985:3). This vessel was built at South Haven, MI in the Martel Boatyard. The engines and possibly the boilers were built at Port Huron (Ellis 1986a:21). The ship measured 154.5 feet in length by 33.5 feet abeam with a draft of 12 feet and weighed 531 gross tons (Ellis 1985:3; Ackerman 1992). This vessel was operated by propeller and had a U. S. registry (Bowling Green State University [BGSU] 2011a). It was an open-hulled wooden steamer. The J. D. Marshall is representative of a small to medium size class of Great Lakes freighters originally designed for the lumber trade.
The J. D. Marshall was launched on July 4, 1891 and began service with the Williams Transport Company transporting lumber. Other owners include: J. O. Neesen and Company and the Independent Sand and Gravel Company (Ellis 1985:5). This ship was purchases with funds from an insurance settlement when the Sand and Gravel Company lost the ship Muskegon. At one point the J. D. Marshall had been converted as a sand-sucker or sand barge.
Notes from the field: Day 18 –
We met up with several of the Indiana Conservation officers to go out and do some side scan survey with their Seascan unit. However, there were 5 foot waves and the Lake Michigan “seas” were way too rough to conduct remote sensing today. We brought along a reporter who had not been on Lake Michigan before, so a quick trip out on the 5 footers in our little boat was quite enough! I love that stuff though. But safety first and safety of the equipment. So back on shore, we worked through logistics and caught up on notes. Tomorrow will be a longer day to make up for today. Thanks to all the IDNR conservation officers who came out to help with the project!
Thanks and Cheers 🙂