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City of Detroit (Propeller), sunk, 4 Dec 1873


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Propeller CITY OF DETROIT, lost in Saginaw Bay, December 8, 1873
      Detroit Post, Dec. 8, 1873 p.4 - col.5
      Detroit Post, Dec. 9, 1873 4 - 4
      Detroit Post, Dec. 11, 1873 4 - 2
      Detroit Free Press, Dec. 9, 1873 1 - 2
      Detroit Free Press, Dec. 11, 1873 1 - 3
      (from Burton Historical Collection Card Index)
     
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      Port Elgin - Wreck of a Propeller, Dec. 6 - Capt. M. Barrett of the barge GUIDING STAR, with his crew of 7 men, arrived here this afternoon in a yawl boat with their feet badly frozen. They left the barge about 9 miles out from here, disabled, laden with 24,000 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee to Sarnia. They were in tow of the propeller CITY OF DETROIT, which was laden with 8,000 bushel of wheat. The balance of her cargo was rolling freight. The gale struck them about half past three A.M., when they cut the barge loose, and about seven A.M. the CITY OF DETROIT sank in Saginaw Bay. Capt. Barrett saw three of the crew of the propeller in a yawl boat, and one man was seen in another boat. It is feared that the rest of the crew went down with the propeller. They had about twenty men on board.
      The Toronto Mail
      Monday, December 8, 1873

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      TERRIBLE DISASTER. - The propeller CITY OF DETROIT of the G. T. Line is lost with all on board. Capt. Morris Barrett of the barge GUIDING STAR with a crew of 7, arrived at Port Elgin, Ontario, Saturday afternoon in a yawl boat with their feet fully frozen. They left the barge about 9 miles out in a disabled condition. She was laden with 24,000 bushels of wheat, bound from Milwaukee to Sarnia and was in tow of the propeller CITY OF DETROIT, which was laden with 8,000 bushels of wheat, the remainder of her cargo being rolling freight. The gale struck at 3:30 this morning when they cut the barge loose and about 7, the CITY OF DETROIT sank in Saginaw Bay. Capt. Barrett saw 3 of the crew of the
propeller in a yawl and one man was seen in another boat. It is feared the rest of the crew went down with the propeller. There were about 26 persons aboard. It is thought that there is some error about the time, as it is supposed that the gale referred to, was the gale of Thursday morning. On Sunday morning Mr. Dennis Lynn of this city, who is agent for many of the tugs, was requested to a once dispatch a first class tug to the relief of the GUIDING STAR in order to save lives.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, December 8, 1873

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      The barge GUIDING STAR, which was in tow of the propeller CITY OF DETROIT, on the morning of Dec. 4, when the latter went down off Saginaw Bay, arrived down yesterday afternoon in tow of the tug PRINDEVILLE. Capt. Barrett, in conversation with gentlemen of this city yesterday, related as much as he knew about the dreadful accident. It appears that the ill-fated steamer became disabled, so that she could no longer hold on the the barge, and so the barge was cut adrift. Soon afterwards the Capt. and crew of the barge percieved that the propeller was sinking. She was seen to be going down stern first, and the
passengers and crew were seen grouped together on the pilot house, and about it. In a short time she gave a plunge backward and was gone.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, December 9, 1873

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      Propeller CITY OF DETROIT, Official U.S. Number 4378. Built Marine City in 1866, of 652 tons. First home port, Detroit. Foundered in Saginaw Bay, Mich., December 4, 1873, with the loss of 19 lives.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      the Lytle - Holdcamper List 1790 - 1868

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 19
Freight: wheat, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1873
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Local identifier:
McN.W.15105
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Detroit (Propeller), sunk, 4 Dec 1873