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Dispatch (Propeller), aground, 10 Oct 1871

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Propeller tug DISPATCH, ashore with five barges at Port Austin; latter saved, tug a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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TUG DISPATCH. - The steamer BENTON, from Tawas and Saginaw, reports that the cabin of the tug DISPATCH, ashore at Port Austin Reef, has disappeared, and the tug becoming a total wreck was to all appearance a foregone conclusion.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, October 21, 1871

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. . The recent gales have been the cause of many disasters. The following disasters are reported: Schooner J.S. MINER of Detroit, went ashore Sunday near Kincardine, and has since gone to pieces; schooner DAVID FERGUSON has gone ashore and a total loss; LA PETITE capsized and lost on Lake Huron; Propeller R.G. COLBURN foundered on Saginaw Bay with nearly all lost; schooner EXCELSIOR lost, with but one of her crew; schooner GEORGE J. WHITNEY, sunk but can be raised; schooner JOHN BURK sunk at Leland, Lake Michigan; tug DISPATCH and barges on Port Austin Reef; which will prove a total loss; the propeller GALENA ashore at Au Sable has been pulled off may be injured.
      Port Huron Times
      October 26, 1871

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      At Port Austin the wreckers succeeded in getting out the engines and machinery of the tug DISPATCH. The hull is worthless.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 18, 1872

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On the 10th. of October, 1871, the Tug DISPATCH, ran onto Point aux Barques Reef with
five barges in tow. No lives lost. Tug a total loss, estimated at about $10,000.
      "Hist., of Lake Navigation"
      Marine Record
      February 17, 1887

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: $10,000
Remarks: Total loss
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Dispatch (Propeller), aground, 10 Oct 1871