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Elisha C. Blish (Propeller), sunk, 1 Apr 1862

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Propeller (Tug) E.C. BLISH, sunk in the River St. Clair. Pumped out.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. (Casualty List, 1862)

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The tug E. C. BLISH left Detroit on Tuesday with three vessels in tow bound for Lake Huron. Stopping at Algonace to take on wood, sprang a leak and sank in 20 feet water.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, April 18, 1862
      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.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 23, 1862

*pony engine - a small auxiliary steam engine used to run deck gear - winches, capstans, pumps, etc.

      The tug E.C. BLISH, which unfortunately sunk at Algonac a few days since, has been raised, and will soon be in running order agin. - Detroit Free Press
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, April 23, 1862

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $100
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.61837 Longitude: -82.53102
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Elisha C. Blish (Propeller), sunk, 1 Apr 1862