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State of Michigan (Propeller), U6849, aground, 30 Aug 1896

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Port Huron, Aug. 31 - During the high northwest wind Sunday evening (8/30), the passenger steamer STATE OF MICHIGAN, bound up, sprang a leak around the stern, when off Port Austin. Capt. Dale attempted to return to Sand Beach. The water poured in so fast he was obliged to beach the steamer 5 miles north of Point Aux Barques light at 9:00 P.M. to prevent foundering.
The steamer is resting easy on a smooth bottom. There were 35 passengers and a large amount of fruit and merchandise on board. The Pointe Aux Barques lifesaving crew found the passengers all right and well taken care of.
Grant Grummond left here this evening with the tug SWAIN and a full wrecking outfit to go to the release of the MICHIGAN. The stmr. ATLANTIS also goes to lighter the freight. Mr. Grummond says there is no insurance on the MICHIGAN.
Grindstone City, Aug. 31 - The stmr. MICHIGAN is now lying on a reef of rock 1/2 a mile below here. The wind blew a gale last night and the lake is very rough. The engineer was up to his waist in water before the boat was run ashore. The leak was caused by the bursting of a pipe.
      Detroit Tribune
      September 1, 1896

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Sand Beach, Sept. 1 - The stmr. STATE OF MICHIGAN was released from the beach at Grindstone City at 11:00 this morning and brought here. She had apparently sustained but little damage, as her own pumps kept her free, and she had rested on a clay bottom.
After the freight is unloaded here she will go back to Detroit for repairs. Some passengers continued on the CITY OF ALPENA, this morning, and the rest will go on the CITY OF MACKINAC tomorrow.
      Detroit Tribune
      September 2, 1896

Steam screw STATE OF MICHIGAN.* U. S. No. 6849. Of 736.22 tons gross; 639.81 tons net. Built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1873. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 165.0 x 29.0 x 10.0
      * Formerly steam screw DEPERE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U,S., 1895

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Reason: aground
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State of Michigan (Propeller), U6849, aground, 30 Aug 1896