The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Pewabic (Propeller), 12 Nov 1891


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It is probable that the death of Diver Oliver Pelkey, who was drowned off Alpena last week while trying to explore the wreck of the steamer PEWABIC, will cause C.A. Coon and others of Superior to give up their plans for securing the boat's cargo. The diver had gone down 128 feet and signaled that he had found the wreck, before the accident to the diving suit occureed, and from this it would seem that Pelkey's invention contains merits for deep water diving. He lost his life, however, and at the best there could not be great profit in raising the few hundred tons of copper contained in the wreck of the PEWABIC. The story of gold in her lockers is all nonsense.
      The Marine Review
      November 12, 1891

      Editor Marine Review : I have noticed by the papers that a diver lost his life in trying to do some wrecking work on the propeller PEWABIC, which was lost off Thunder bay over twenty years ago. Would the following not be a good plan to adopt in wrecking the PEWABIC? Let the divers run heavy wire cables through the hawse pipes and make the end of one of then) fast to the Samson post and the end of the other fast to the mast below the hatch. Then get four or five powerful tugs, two or three fast to the upper end of each cable, and start for shore. I think the tugs would drag her along the bottom into shoal water, as the strain exerted by the tugs would have a lifting as well as forward motion. Then it would be easy to wreck her, without running the risk of losing the lives of divers going into the hold.
St. Ignace Mich., Nov. 11, 1891 P. McCann
      The Marine Review
      November 19, 1891


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divers loss
Date of Original:
1891
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McN.E.264
Language of Item:
English
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William R. McNeil
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Pewabic (Propeller), 12 Nov 1891