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Protection (Propeller), U20471, aground, 13 Nov 1883

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The crew of the PROTECTION are unanimous in their praise of the good people of Saugatuck, who they say, made every effort in their power to rescue them, and after they got ashore provided them with everything they required and treated them with unbounded kindness. - Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

      Atkins & Beckwith's 14 inch pump was shipped last evening for the sunken tug PROTECTION at Saugatuck. The PROTECTION is in fine shape and will be floated today. Manager Higgie, of the V. O. T. Line, is at Saugatuck. The pump was also asked for to go to the schooner CHARLES LULING, recently on the beach and now in the harbor at pentwater, but it was secured for the POTECTION.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The tug PROTECTION is ashore one mile south of Saugatuck at 9:30 P.M. November 14. Two were lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, November 15, 1883

PROTECTION Tug, ashore Nov. 13, 1883. Value $7,000. Loss $2,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

The Tug PROTECTION of the V. O. T. line is still on the beach at Saugatuck. - Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

Saugatuck, Mich., Dec. 6. -- When Captain Higgie visited the PROTECTION at 11 o'clock last night she was found on her beam ends, or nearly so. The tugs had moved her some during the day, and when they quit work she gradually settled in the water and listed so that she rolled into the hole she had been in during the time she was on the beach. Prospects are looking slim, indeed, as this evening she had not been straightened up. A channel was dug for her this morning so that the tugs could go alongside of her, but they could not straighten her up. The tug CARPENTER was sent for this morning and is en route, though she can do nothing at present. The wind is veering to the northward and is rising a little now. The wind was off the land all day.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1883

Steam screw PROTECTION. U. S. No. 20471. Of 60.03 tons gross; 30.02 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1873. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 77.4 x 15.8 x 8.9.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.65502 Longitude: -86.20198
William R. McNeil
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Protection (Propeller), U20471, aground, 13 Nov 1883