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East Saginaw (Propeller), U8106, sunk, 25 Sep 1883

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The steam barge EAST SAGINAW went down on Lake Huron in about 25 fathoms near Sand Beach about 7:30 this morning but the crew were saved. About 10 o'clock on Monday night she struck the reef off Sand Beach, broke her wheel and shipped her rudder. She drifted off at 1 o'clock this morning and began to fill. She went down at 7:30. The crew were picked up by the steamer CONNEMAUGH.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, September 24, 1883
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      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean]
Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 25. -- The loss of the steambarge EAST SAGINAW, off Sand Beach, and the rescue of her crew by Captain Cochrane, of the propeller CONEMAUGH, are part of the results of the northwest gale on lake Huron. The steamer had a tow of barges, and was trying to make Sand Beach. She went ashore on the reef south of the breakwater. The barge pounded for four hours before breaking her wheel, sterm, port rudder, and stern pipe. She drifted off under her foresail, and commenced to fill until the fires were put out, and she went down at 6 a. m. The crew took to the small boat and after many attempts were picked up by the CONEMAUGH. Captain Richardson thinks it very strange the R.J. Hackett, CITY OF ROME, and CONESTOGA should pass through so much floating wreckage and not be able to see or hear fourteen of a crew in a small boat not more than 200 to 1,000 feet from each of the steamers. He and his crew are loud in their praise of Captain Cochrane, who landed them here this afternoon. The SAGINAW was valued at $24,000, and no insurance. She is sunk in thirty feet of water, and is considered a total loss. Her owner is T.W. Gilcrist, of Alpena, Mich.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

The steambarge EAST SAGINAW foundered below Sand Beach Tuesday morning. She was bound up with four barges in tow. Capt Harry Richardson of the steamer, says that she was holding the tow to the westward, trying to make the harbor, it was blowing heavily from the northwest and raining hard. She struck the reef south of the piers and broke her wheel. She was on the rocks from half past 10 until 1 a.m., pounding heavily. Her canvas was set, and the steamer came off and drifted into the lake, leaking until the fires were put out by the water. The crew then took to the Yawl boat until they were picked up by the propeller COMEMAUGH. The stewart of the SAGINAW had a very narrow escape for his life. After trying four times Captain Cochrane, of the CONEMAUGH, succeeded in getting the crew on board and arrived here at 4 p.m.. The SAGINAW was owned by F.W. Gilchrist and others, of Alpena. Captain Richardson was part owner, and suffered the loss of $3,000. She was thoroughly rebuilt three years ago at Detroit and valued at $24,000. Three barges of the tow are now at anchor off Sand beach. The WEND THE WAVE is here for safety. - Port Huron Report
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

EAST SAGINAW of 350 Tons and 17 years of age. Valued at $24,000. Became a total loss on Lake Huron during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Steam screw EAST SAGINAW. U. S. No. 8106. Of 235.40 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

      Steam Screw EAST SAGINAW. U. S. No. 8106. Of 235 tons. Built 1866 at Marine City, Mich. First home port, Detroit, Mich. Lost off Sand Beach harbor, September 24,
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S., 1790 - 1868
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List

Steam screw EAST SAGINAW. U. S. No. 8106. Of 235 tons gross. Built at Marine City, Mich., in 1866 by D. McDole. 139.4 x 26.2 x 11.4. Sunk Lake Huron September 24, 1883.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $24,000
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 43.84168 Longitude: -82.6416
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East Saginaw (Propeller), U8106, sunk, 25 Sep 1883