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M. I. Mills (Propeller), U17610, sunk by collision, 1 May 1873


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A dispatch says the M.I. MILLS, a large lake and river tug, was sunk in 90 ft. of water Sunday morning off Sand Beach, Lake Huron, while attempting to pick up the bark UNADILLA in tow. The crew were saved. The UNADILLA, being uninjured, has gone on.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1873 3-5

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      At about 6:00 last Saturday morning, while the tug M.I. MILLS, off Sand Beach, Lake Huron, was endeavoring to pick up the bark UNADILLA to tow through to Lake Erie, the two vessels collided and it was soon discovered that the MILLS was in a sinking condition. An effort was immediately made to run her to shore but this was found impossible, owing to the ice being too formidable to pass through. A flag of distress was hoisted, which brought to her relief the tug QUAYLE, when finding the tug could not be kept afloat, such of her traps as was possible to save were put on board the QUAYLE, with the crew, when she soon sank in about 15 fathoms of water. The MILLS was one of the larger class of steam tugs, and was owned by M.B. Kean, of this city. Efforts, it is stated will be made to get her up immediately. The vessel sustained but slight damage, and not sufficient to prevent her from proceeding on her voyage.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 13, 1873

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      Last Saturday a collision occured off Sand Beach between the tug M.I. MILLS and the bark UNADILLA while the former was trying to take the latter in tow. The tug commenced immediately to sink and went down in 15 fathoms of water. Her crew was taken off by the tug QUAYLE.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 13, 1873

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      EXPLORING PARTY. -- A party of explorers, accompanied by Mr. John Quinn, the submarine diver, started from Detroit on Tuesday evening for Lake Huron to make search for the whereabouts of the tug M.I. MILLS, which it will be remembered was cut down by ice and sunk off Sand Beach Bay. The search has necessarily to be made by means of long lines or sweeps, and in the event of this proving unsuccessful drags will be brought into requisition. The MILLS was one of the largest tugs on the lakes and comparatively new.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 14, 1873

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      The sunken tug M.I. MILLS has been found, and the RESCUE is examining her position. She is in 90 feet of water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 22, 1873

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      Plans are to raise the tug M.I. MILLS for a cost of $5,000
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 29, 1873

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A Lost Tug Found. - Mr. M.B. Kean, of this city, has received intimation through Mr. Whitman, of Sand beach, that a fisherman of that village has found the resting place of the tug M.I. MILLS. The MILLS was sunk many years ago, somewhere near Forrester, but exactly where no one has heretofore been able to find out. Some say she went down in 1869, having sprung a leak while bucking ice, and other say that she was upset by a schooner which she was attempting to pick up. Whether the report is true or not cannot be ascertained until Mr. Kean, who is out of the city, returns home.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, May 29, 1879

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      THE MILLS TO BE RAISED.
      Mr. M.B. Kean stated, to a Post & Tribune reporter yesterday that if he can find the tug M.I. MILLS he will raise her. He has received a letter from Mr. Whitman, of Sand beach, in which, for a certain money consideration, that gentleman offers to locate the wreck by means of buoys. Mr. Kean has made an offer in response to the terms of the letter, to which no answer has yet been received. The MILLS was sunk in May 1873, by the schooner UNADILLA, about three miles off Sand Beach, in 80 feet of water. At the time there were large quantities of ice between where the disaster occurred and the shore, which prevented the tug from making land, as otherwise she could have done. Mr. Kean thinks the boat is yet in good condition, and will pay for being raised and repaired. If he can find her, he proposes to try the experiment, at all events. At the time she went down she was but seven years old, and was valued at $35,000.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, May 31, 1879

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Mr. M.B. Kean has heard nothing new lately from the tug M.I. MILLS.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      June 21, 1879


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
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Date of Original:
1873
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McN.W.16533
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English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.84168 Longitude: -82.6416
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William R. McNeil
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M. I. Mills (Propeller), U17610, sunk by collision, 1 May 1873