The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Jun, 1872

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THE PORT AUSTIN WRECK. - Fault has been found that the wreck of the tug Dispatch, driven on the above reef last year, has not been removed, and it has been claimed that it is an annoyance to passing vessels and liable to lead them off their course. Several shipmasters with whom we have conversed affirm the contrary to be the case, and that instead of being an annoyance to passing vessels, it serves as a guide to avert a like disaster, and the longer it remains the better. Thus far this season we do not remember that a solitary disaster has taken place at the above locality, whereas last year during the same period two or three were recorded.

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The DISPATCH lost her way and went ashore in smoke from the great Peshtigo Forest Fire of October, 1871, with five lumber barges in tow. She was built in Ste. Antoine de Tilly, Quebec, in 1856, but had come into U.S. registry by 1866. The engine and boiler of the tug were recovered in September of 1872, and the hull was obliterated by the end of the same year.
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2 Jun, 1872
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Jun, 1872