The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Saginaw (Propeller), 23 Feb 1899

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Improvements made since the close of navigation in the wrecking steamer SAGINAW, operated by Parker & Millen of Detroit, are of an important kind. Dead lights have all been taken out and she has been planked up solid, and a steel cord of 3/4 inch thickness and 30 inches width has been worked in clear around the hull. There are also new frames and planking from engines aft. These repairs will increase the lightering capacity of the vessel to 20,000 bushels of grain. She is also provided with a Lidgerwood double hoist and self dumping buckets, with a crane of sufficient length to reach amidships of any vessel on which she may be engaged. When the SAGINAW comes out in the spring, she will also be provided with a new electric lighting plant of sufficient capacity to light herself, and with the use of plug lights to light any wreck that she may be working on. With these general improvements, this vessel will be second to none for lightering, handling steam pumps and wrecking in and will be in fit condition to go anywhere on the lakes.
      The Marine Review
      February 23, 1899

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William R. McNeil
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Saginaw (Propeller), 23 Feb 1899