The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 2, 1867

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Correspondence of the Detroit Free Press

Bay City, Mich., June 30, 1867

This evening the hull, engines and boilers of the propeller Globe - burned and sunk three [sic] years ago this summer, on the north shore of Saginaw Bay - were safely brought into the river and landed below the bridge. The hulk was swung between the barges and was towed up the stream by three tugs and the Gen. Sherman steam barge. The bottom and part of the sides are good, and will serve for other purposes yet. The engine, a fine double-screw one, is in good order, considering all the circumstances, and with a little fitting up and repairing of the cylinders will serve for many years efficient service. The boiler, which cost originally $7,000 and served but one trip, although necessarily much rusted, is still good, and with some new plates and freshly riveted seams, will be almost as good as most new ones, having been originally a very superior one. The recovery of the wreck reflects much credit on the the energy and enterprise of Mr. Spalding, who undertook to find and raise it, although new to the business.

He commenced the search for her about a fortnight ago by dragging near the supposed locality a sunken 800 feet cable hauled by two tugs. After ascertaining her whereabouts he had a diver brought to the spot, and succeeded in getting chains around her, and after raising her by jack-screws, dragged her the first lift thirty miles, when she grounded in twenty-four feet water, about ten miles below the bar. He again raised her and brought her within five miles of the light house at the mouth of the river, where he again had to call a halt to hoist the bar. This evening he brought her in all safe. He and his partners in the enterprise are likely to make a good thing out of it. A good deal of surprise is expressed here at the evident success at what was considered by many a hopeless project.

- M.

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The hard-luck steamer GLOBE burned and sank on Saginaw Bay near Big Charity Island, August 12, 1863. Her career had been perversely eventful, marked by a number of serious accidents. She was built in 1847 and was sold into Canadian registry in 1856 [C#33471]. After wrecking on Lake Superior in 1860, she was salvaged by Americans and resumed U S Registry. The 1863 fire seemed to be the end of her career, but four years later this enterprising salvager, apparently undeterred by her record, was able to recover the burned out hulk. It was to not much avail, as it turned out, as she drove ashore near Pt. Pelee in a gale October 21, 1873 and became a total - and final - loss. If her engine was as descibed in the article - apparently a compound engine running two shafts - it is probably unique in that era. Most other sources say she was twin-engined.
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July 2, 1867
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 2, 1867