The barge E. F. GOULD which is ashore on Port Austin Reef, has been abandoned by the wrecking expedition which was labouring for her relief.
Toronto Daily Globe
Wednesday, October 27, 1875
THE "GOULD" -- The tugs WINSLOW, SWEEPSTAKES, and WILCOX, which were to have $2,500 for pulling off the barge GOULD from the Port Austin Reef, abandoned the undertaking Thursday night and left for lower ports. The lumber has all been taken out, and the tug all pulled at once; two of them by a steady pull and the other by a running jerk, but so firmly was the stranded barge fastened to the rocks (some of them passing through her bottom and plainly seen from the inside) that she did not start at all. The only way that she can be raised is by sinking two lighters and pumping them out, but she has already cost the owners well on what she is worth. The crew of the steamer E. QUINBY is engaged in stripping her rigging, and the probabilities are that the timbers of this once-staunch GOULD will be soon scattered on the beach with those of the MERRIMAC and SHELDON.
November 1, 1875
An effort is being made to rescue the schooner GOULD from the reef at Port Austin. It is proposed to lift her off by means of empty oil barrels put into her hold. If she can be raised some twelve or fifteen inches, it is thought a tug can pull her off. She appears to have stood the storms of the past winter. A force of men are now at work upon her.
Monday, May 15, 1876
FROM PORT AUSTIN. -- Our correspondent writes: The propeller ELMIRA, loaded, came into this port yesterday, to attempt to pull off the barge GOULD. The steamer QUINBY has been working at the stranded barge for several weeks, filling her with oil barrels to raise her from the rocks, if possible. Night put a stop to the pulling operations of the ELMIRA, but she returned to her task early this morning, the wind being very favorable, and before night she was seen steaming away towards Saginaw with the GOULD in tow, the rail of which was only visible above the water. --- Detroit Post.
Monday, July 10, 1876
Schooner E.F. GOULD. U. S. No. 135334. Of 261.78 tons gross; 248.73 tons net. Built Carrollton, Mich., 1875. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 157.3 x 28.0 x 8.5
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
NOTE:- later a steam screw.