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Satellite (Propeller), U22404, capsized, 10 Apr 1871

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SATELLITE Propeller Tug, capsized while taking in tow the bark J.C. KING; one life lost; tug got into port.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes, 1871. Capt. J.W. Hall

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A dispatch from Detroit says: On Sunday the tug SATELLITE while attempting to take in tow a vessel said to be the bark J.C. KING, off Saginaw Bay, in heavy weather, sheered alongside, was crowded over and filled. Afterwards she was towed into shoal water at Port Hope. Cheesly Stewart, of Algonac, mate was drowned. Steam pumps and a tug are to be sent to her.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 11, 1871 3-3

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The tug QUAYLE went down on Monday moring, and as she passed her officers hailed the steamer HURON, and informed them she had on board the crew of the tug SATELITE which sunk in Lake Huron Sunday night. All the crew were saved excepting the mate, who was drowned. The name of the lost mate was Chester Stewart, who resided on Harsen's Island, near Algonac. He was a yound man and just married a few weeks ago. Further information satates that the SATELITE sunk in 14 feet of water near Port Hope. The tug was preparing to take the schooner J.C. KING in tow when she capsized.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, April 13, 1871
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On the 9th. of April, the tug SATELLITE, while trying to take the tow line of the Barque J.C. KING, on Lake Huron, off Point aux Barques, got athwart the bow of the vessel, was nearly rolled over, and partly filled with water, but succeeded in reaching shoal water, where she sank. Subsequently she was raised and repaired. By this accident a very promising
young man named Willis Stewart, was drowned. Damage to the tug $6,000.
      "Hist., of Lake Navigation"
      Marine Record, Feb. 17, 1887 p.6

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      The tug SATELLITE arrived at this port and will soon be put in running order again. Her pilot house and cabin work attached to the same is entirely gone from her decks; also her smockstack. Her engine is intact, and comparatively
uninjured, while the hull has sustained no harm worthy of mention. She passed through a terrible ordeal, and but for the fact that she is of unusually strong build, she undoubtedly would have gone to pieces. The body of the unfortunate Mr. Stewart had not, up to latest account been found.
      (no date or source taken)

Steam screw SATELLITE. U. S. No. 22404. Of 209.42 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich. Of 440 horsepower. [nominal]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Lives: 1
Hull damage: $6,000
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Satellite (Propeller), U22404, capsized, 10 Apr 1871