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Grace Patterson (Propeller), U85634, aground, 15 Mar 1882

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      All Efforts To Release Her Fail.
      It is feared by the owners that the steamer GRACE PATTERSON will prove a total loss, all efforts to release her having thus far failed. The PATTERSON was built at Grand Haven by John Collister in 1880, measures 110 tons, and is owned by John Patterson, of Manistee. The tug LEVIATHAN, assisted by the tug GAGNOR, worked all day Sunday without budging the stranded craft an inch. It was supposed that by passing chains around her [she is lying broadside on the beach with stern deck under water] the LEVIATHAN would be able to pull her over partially and succeed in getting her into deeper water. But it was found, as has been stated, that she could not thus be saved. It is now reported that there has been an offer to get her off for $1,000, and that the owner has gone to Milwaukee to close the contract. People living at Two Rivers, where she is, and acquainted with the nature of the shore at that point, and remembering the unsuccessful efforts to release the LaSALLE, which stranded near the same place a few years ago, have put little faith in the new endeavor to rescue the PATTERSON.
      he J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, April, 1882
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Milwaukee Republican:-- "The wrecking tug LEVIATHAN, Captain Kirkland, yesterday returned from Two Rivers, where a third unsuccessful attempt was made to rescue the steambarge GRACE PATTERSON from the treacherous quicksand in which she has embedded herself. Captain Kirkland spent four days in boxing up the hull, when the water cleared sufficiently to enable him to see that it would be a useless task to set up pumps, as the abattis formed by the lath in her hold would prevent the removal of the sand deposited there. Hence, work was suspended, the boxing removed, and the hull abandoned. This effectually settles the fate of the GRACE PATTERSON
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June, 1882

"At last reports it looked as if the Schooner ARROW, ashore at Two Rivers Point, would become another victim of the treacherous quicksands which engulfed the Steambarge GRACE PATTERSON. "
      Marine Record
      May 26, 1883 (part of article)

PATTERSON, GRACE Schr. (sic.) lost Twin River Point, 1882.
      Hist. of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield


Anthony Gauthier, keeper of the light at Two Rivers, has decided to treat himself to a vacation, as for 28 years he has not missed one night in the discharge of his duties. Next month he will leave for the east, and will also visit friends in Canada. Mr. Gauthier has been keeper of the Two Rivers Ligthhouse since 1882, and in that year he saved the passengers and crew of the barge GRACE PATTERSON when she foundered at Twin Rivers Point. Through snowdrifts four feet deep Gauthier floundered to arouse the life savers, and they rescued the crew of the PATTERSON.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 17, 1910

PATTERSON, GRACE Propeller of 110 Tons. Built Grand Haven by Callister in 1880. Owned by Patterson. Port of Hail, Manistee. Remarks -- Tug, no survey.
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Register 1882
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
      March 15 -- Steam barge GRACE PATTERSON, stranded at Two Rivers. Crew saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

Steam screw GRACE PATERSON. U. S. No. 85634. Of 110.93 gross tons. Built Grand Haven, Mich., 1880. Home port, Manistee, Mich. Of 75 horse power Nominal.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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    Latitude: 44.15388 Longitude: -87.56925
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Grace Patterson (Propeller), U85634, aground, 15 Mar 1882