The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Apr 1862

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THE MANNER IN WHICH THE TUG BLISH WAS SUNK. - The circumstances connected with the sinking of the tug Blish a few days since at Algonac are, upon the whole, somewhat novel. Upon examination, after raising her it was discovered that she had neither sprung aleak nor had her bottom sustained any damage whatever. At the time of the disaster the pony engine* was engaged in pumping up water into the boiler, while at the same time, the handhole, so termed, on the bottom of the same, had been carelessly left open, and in this way the boat was pumped full of water, taking some three and a half hours while so doing. It was gross carelessness on the part of the engineer, for which he was very properly discharged from service.

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*pony engine - a small auxiliary steam engine used to run deck gear - winches, capstans, pumps, etc.
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23 Apr 1862
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Apr 1862