Monday, January 27, 2014
The K.M. Hutchinson sternwheeler is shown here at the Menasha dock. Racine Street is just behind the boat. The tall building to the right of the ship's smokestacks is Loescher Hardware at Main and Racine. In about 70 years or so, the Racine Street bridge will join mainland Menasha at this point.
The boat was built in Oshkosh in 1886 from the hull of a two masted schooner. It was first owned by a Captain Emelious P. Bangs who ran the boat from Oshkosh to Green Bay although it was reportedly top-heavy and capsized several times. He later sold it to Joe Smick, who ran it on the Wolf River. It burned on a sand bar between Lakes Poygan and Winneconne in 1895.