NEWS FROM ALPENA. - The steam wrecking barge Monitor is now here and still in command of Capt. Gill Traverse. Her operations thus far this season cover the following wrecks: Schooner EMPIRE STATE, sunk in October or November of last year, from which 400 tons of iron ore were obtained; a schooner, name unknown, lying inside of Middle Island, and which has been there many years, 80 tons; schooner NESHOTO, sunk in 1872, from which 120 tons of ore were saved, and in which much more remains; schooner WAVERTREE, on which the MONITOR is at work now, and which, so far, has yeilded 250 tons of ore. After all is taken from her, the MONITOR will go to the wreck of the old schooner BUCKINGHAM, sunk about one mile below Black River Island, on Black River Reef. But very little remain to mark the resting place of any of the above named vessels, excepting the last two. The NESHOTO's sides are intact, but she has worked down into the mud as far as her covering boards, and her deck is all gone. All around her there is a trench about four feet wide, made by the action of the water in rocking the hull to and fro. Besides the iron ore taken out, a fine anchor and large string of cable were recently obtained by dragging with a drag anchor.
Detroit Post & Tribune
Thursday, September 5, 1878
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Steam screw MONITOR. U. S. No. 90163. Of 128.19 tons gross; 96.51 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1870. Home port, Waukegan, Ill.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
Propeller MONITOR. Of 105 tons [new tonnage] Built Detroit, Mich., 1870 by Campbell & Owen. Home port, Detroit, Mich. Owned by Hannah & Cole REMARKS : -- Wrecker - No Survey
Vessel Register, 1882