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John Prindeville (Propeller), U19677, aground, 12 Oct 1877

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The tug PRINDIVILLE became disabled and went ashore at the Straits of Mackinac and went to pieces. The crew were rescued. She was built at Chicago in 1862 by Miller Bros.
      The schooner PORTLAND has become a total loss at the same location as the PRINDIVILLE, and has gone to pieces.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 13, 1877

Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 13. -The wrecking tug PRINDEVILLE and lighter D. PROVOST went ashore near Presque Isle during the late gale, and the tug will probably prove a total loss. The schooner PROVOST will probably be relieved, as she was scuttled and rests easy. The scow ASA CHILDS is ashore on South Point, near Alpena. The schooner PORTLAND, ashore near Presque Isle, has been abandoned as a total loss.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 15, 1877

The PRINDEVILLE is to be raised by pontoons.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 25, 1877

      The schooner H.W. JOHNSON, of the Coast Wrecking Company, left here today for Presque Isle to rescue a pump belonging to the Phoenix Insurance Company, which was on board the tug PRINDEVILLE. The tug it is feared will prove a total loss, although hopes are still entertained of her rescue. The weather, however, has been extremely bad for wrecking operations in this vicinity and the attempt to raise her made by the tug CRUSADER had to be abandoned.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 30, 1877

      The tug CRUSADER is at Presque Isle endeavoring to recover the steam pump lost with the PRINDIVILLE last fall.
      Cleveland herald
      May 23, 1878

The boiler of the wrecked tug JOHN PRINDIVILLE, arrived down yesterday on the steamer St. PAUL. The boiler was recovered last week at Presque Isle by the wrecking steamer MONITOR, and is now on Livingstone's wharf, foot of Randolph Street.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 14, 1878

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      The Port Huron Wrecking Company will commence work on the wrecked schooner SUNNYSIDE at Sand Beach as soon as the ice permits. After she is off they will work on the propeller CITY OF St. CATHARINES, and after she is up they will raise the tug JOHN PRINDIVILLE, ashore at Presque Isle.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, April 13, 1881

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Richard Martin left Detroit on Sunday morning per steamship THOMAS PALMER for Presque Isle, with wrecking and diving appliances, to attempt the rescue of the tug PRINDIVILLE, which has been for a number of years sunk at that place.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 1, 1881

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William Livingstone, Jr. has succeeded, after nearly eight weeks, in releasing the tug Prindiville from the position she had occupied at Presque Isle (Lake Huron - d.) for about five years. The Prindiville is now at Port Huron, where she arrived yesterday morning. The amount of her damage cannot be determined until she has been placed in dry dock and examined, but it is thought that she will be ready for work in about a month. Much credit is due Mr. Livingstone for the manner in which the wrecking job was conducted, as the circumstances were of a most unfavorable nature and there was great difficulty experienced in obtaining the necessary material and help with which to carry on the work.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      Aug 5, 1881

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      William Livingston Jr., has succeeded after nearly eight weeks hard labor, in releasing the tug PRINDIVILLE from the position she has occupied at Presque Isle for about five years. The PRINDIVILLE is now at Port Huron.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 6, 1881
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      Detroit Free Press: -- The wreck of the tug PRINDIVILLE is said to be the toughest looking old hull ever brought into port. Her upper works, including smoke stacks, whistle, and in fact everything above the main deck, have been destroyed by the waves or removed by the wreckers. Her hull is in good condition as far aft as the tow post. Aft of the tow post to the stern post the starboard quarter is almost entirely gone and the port side twisted badly.
When the tug JOHN MARTIN went to the PRINDIVILLE some eight weeks ago, she could not get within 150 feet of the latter. The MARTIN dredged a channel fourteen feet to the stranded tug and one around her sixteen feet deep. The tug was found to contain a large amount of sand, to free her from which occupied a great deal of time. When the large hole in her starboard quarter was found and examined by three divers, two out of the number declared that it could not be patched. The remaining diver, John Dodd, of Cheboygan, said the work could be done, and, in order to prove that he was right, he did the work in a most satisfactory manner. William Livingston Jr., who superintended the work of raising the tug, is loud in his praise of Mr. Dodd's ability as a diver, and declared that for the latter's help the PRINDIVILLE would now be lying on the beach instead of being in the dry-dock at Port Huron.
The machinery is in first class condition, and after a little rubbing up will be ready for business. It is thought that the work of rebuilding the PRINDIVILLE, which will be done by the Wolverine Dry Dock Company at Port Huron, will occupy about five weeks. The releasing of the PRINDIVILLE was undoubtedly one of the most difficult pieces of wrecking work ever done on the lakes, and the successful completion is much to the credit of William Livingston, Jr., and Captain David Girardin, of the tug JOHN MARTIN, who successfully dredged away the sand from around the stranded boat.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 8, 1881

Steam screw R. PRINDIVILLE. U. S. No. 19677. oF 24.78 tons gross. Built Chicago. Ill., 1863. Home port, Chicago. Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

NOTE:- Merchant Vessel list 1871 spells it R. PRENDIVILLE, Underwriters (1875-79) spells it PRINDIVILLE

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    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
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John Prindeville (Propeller), U19677, aground, 12 Oct 1877