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Michigan (Propeller), U91382, sunk by ice, 18 Mar 1885


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Propeller MICHIGAN, of Grand Haven. Built 1882, of 1,183 tons, sunk in Lake Michigan March 18, 1885. She had no cargo and was a total loss. Value of loss $165,000.
      Total Losses on the Lakes, 1885
      Cleveland leader
      December 7, 1885




MICHIGAN Built Aug. 20, 1881 Passenger/freight Propeller - Iron
U. S. No. 91382 1183 gt - 1024 nt 203.8 x 35.1 x 11.7
Crushed by ice and sank, March 19, 1885, off Holland, Mich., Lake Michigan.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio



      THE WORST FEARED
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      GOOD REASON FOR THINKING THAT THE WISCONSIN IS LOST
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      NO WORD FROM HER CREW, CAPT. PRINDIVILLE INTERVIEWED
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      FATE OF THE WISCONSIN GRAVE FEARS FOR HER SAFETY - SURROUNDED BY ARCTIC ICE
      Chicago, March 25. - Capt. Prindiville of the propeller Michigan, which was crushed in the ice and foundered on Lake Michigan last Thursday, the crew having gone on board of a tug in the ice nearby and thence making their way over the ice to Holland last Sunday, arrived here today. He says the steamer was well down in the water when the squeeze came that crushed her. He says the tug Arctic, to which they escaped, and on which several men still remain, is perfectly safe, lying on top of the ice so she cannot be gripped, and that when the thaw comes she will settle easily in the water. Capt. Prindiville says he never before saw so much ice in the lakes. Foe sixty miles south of the Straits of Mackinac the ice is solid entirely across, of an average thickness of thirty inches. He believes it to be impossible for vessels to get through the Straits to Buffalo before June 1.
Regarding the propeller Wisconsin, which is twin of the lost vessel Michigan, Capt. Prindiville said that Capt. McGregor, her commander, was a skillful and brave seaman, and if any man could rescue her he could. She was more heavily loaded than the Michigan, deeper in the water, and therefore more subject to the grip of the ice. It might be that she has already suffered the same fate as the Michigan. The Wisconsin has not been heard of for some time and vessel men here express grave fears for her safety and that of her crew.
      Detroit Post
      Thursday, March 26, 1885


      WILL SEARCH FOR BOAT WRECKED IN 1885.
Grand Haven, July 15. -- An expedition left here today in search of the wreck of the passenger steamer MICHIGAN, which was crushed by ice ands sank in Lake Michigan, about 12 miles off Holland, in the winter of 1885. The Crosby Transportation Company is behind the project to locate and raise the MICHIGAN, if possible.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 16, 1906
     
     
      SEARCH ABANDONED FOR MISSING STEAMER.
      Muskegon, Sept. 6. -- Search for the missing steamer MICHIGAN, lost many years ago off Holland, has been abandoned by the Crosby Transportation Company for this year, owing to the approach of the period of fall storms. The tug TRIO, which was being use in the work, has been brought here.
      Buffalo Evening news
      September 6, 1906
     


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Reason: sunk by ice
Hull damage: $165,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1885
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Local identifier:
McN.W.17568
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.78752 Longitude: -86.10893
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Propeller), U91382, sunk by ice, 18 Mar 1885