The tug E.H. MILLER, of Alpena, exploded her boiler while racing with the tug CITY OF ALPENA, both being in quest for a tow. The ALPENA was ahead of the MILLER when she blew up, and immediately returned to pick up the crew, the tug having disappeared. The engineer, fireman and a boy were picked up, the captain and cook having gone down with the tug. It is thought that the fireman cannot live.
Port Huron Daily Times
Saturday, October 16, 1875
It appears that the tug E. H. MILLER, which exploded her boiler and sank in Thunder bay, off Alpena, on Wednesday, was racing for a tow with the CITY OF ALPENA at the time of the disaster. The MILLER was built at East Saginaw in the spring of 1873 at a cost of $7,000, took fire the same season on the Saginaw River and burned to the water's edge, but was subsequently reconstructed. She was owned by Captain E. H. Miller, who lost his life.
Toronto Daily Globe
Wednesday, October 20, 1875
TUG MILLER RAISED. -- The correspondent of the Detroit Post, at Alpena, writes, 25th, as follows: "The wreck of the tug E. H. MILLER, which blew up and sunk in the bay about six miles from the city last October, was raised last week, and brought into the river last night. All indications point to the fact that the tug was carrying too much steam at the time of the explosion. The hull and machinery are not damaged so far as an examination has been made".
Friday, September 29, 1876
RAISED. -- Parties who arrived at Detroit on Monday from Alpena reported that Captain McAlpine had been successful in his efforts to raise the tug MILLER, which blew up in Thunder Bay about a year ago, and which was accompanied with loss of life. After searching in the vicinity of the wreck for a short time the scow anchored over the spot, and in twenty-four hours from the time that operations began she was raised to the surface. The tug was lying, when found, in fifty feet of water. She was immediately taken to Alpena and placed on the ways. Her boiler is in good condition, but the hull has sustained about $900 worth of damage. It is estimated, however, that about $1,000 or $1,100 will put her in good shape for service in her old capacity.
Saturday, October 7, 1876