April 27, 1897, the tug Hiram A. Wallker under Captain Boyd had seven barges under tow in the American channel near Thousand Island Park. She was caught in a storm losing barges on the south shore and 2 barges at Johnston’s light opposite the park. With four barges left the Walker headed for Grenadier Island where the Captain of the Kingshornreported his craft leaking badly. The Walker headed for Rockport with the injured barge however lost her 1/2 mile from Rockport in 90 ft. of water.
Located directly in front of the Customs Office and Andress Marina/Rockport Dive Center at Rockport, this wooden vessel sits in 90 ft. of water and unfortunately in the middle of the small boat shipping channel. A buoy is maintained by the Rockport Dive Center and Air Station.