Volume VI of the Ship Registers and Enrollments of New Orleans, Louisiana (1861-1879) includes a reference to the Steam tug Julia, owned jointly in 1867 by Varnum Sheldon and Williamson Smith. Sheldon was also the tug's master. The volume reveals that the tug was built at Mobile, Alabama, in 1865. It weighed 74.95 tons and was 109.8 feet long. Sheldon apparently sold his half ownership to Smith the next year and the enrollment was surrendered at New Orleans on October 21, 1868, and the vessel was broken up.|
This card, then, appears to be one of the oldest in our collection.