Tecumseh (Propeller), collision, 5 May 1881
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Dispatches received here yesterday announces the striking of the steam barge TECUMSEH, with the schooner G.C. FINNEY in tow, on the wreck of the schooner SWEETHEART, sunk near the mouth of the St. Clair River last fall. She was making about 3 inches per hour. Three Detroit river tugs tried to release her, but could not do so. The FINNEY went on under sail, being uninjured. Another attempt was to have been made yesterday afternoon to release her with pontoons and tugs.
Buffalo Morning Express
May 5, 1881 1-7
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Port Huron, Mich., May 3. -- The propeller TECUMSEH is wrecked on the schooner SWEETHEART, one mile from the St. Claire River. She struck the wreck and broke some of her bottom plank, so that a steam pump is working to keep her from sinking. The tugs L.H. JOHNSON and MOCKINGBIRD were pulling on her tonight, without being successful. At 9 o'clock the TECUMSEH was settling down on the wreck in bad shape, resting just forward of her boilers, and on the center-board box of the vessel. Pontoons will be put under her bows tomorrow, and raise her off the wreck. She was bound for Alpena, towing the schooner GEORGE C. FINNEY, which sustained no damage beyond some delay.
The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, May, 1881
The steambarge TECUMSEH has been pulled off the wreck of the SWEETHEART by the tugs JOHNSON and MOCKING BIRD.
Friday, May 6, 1881
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