The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William H. Pringle (Propeller), U80176, fire, 30 May 1877

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Last night about 11 o'clock the tug WILLIAM H. PRINGLE, while coming up the St. Clair River with a tow of vessels, caught fire. She ran upon the bank near Kenyon's dock and the crew escaped. The tug CRUSADER saved her from burning to the water's edge by playing a stream of water on her. Her hull is badly burned, while her upper works, cabin and decks were completely destroyed by the fire. Her machinery seems useless.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, June 1, 1877

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      Messrs. Morley & Hill of Marine City, have purchased the tug WILLIAM H. PRINGLE which burned at East China this spring and she will be repaired. Her owners intend building a steam barge, one that will carry 500,000 feet of lumber and place the engine and boiler of the PRINGLE into her. The price paid for the PRINGLE was about $4,575.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 1, 1877

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      Workmen are engaged taking the engine and machinery out of the tug PRINGLE, which was burned in the river last spring. It will be replaced in a new propeller about to be built at Capt. Morley's yard by J. J. Hill, master mechanic. R. Holland is also interested in this boat and his mill is now running to cut the timber required. The dimensions of the new propeller are as follows: 190' keel, 36' beam, 17' depth of hold. She is designed for freighting grain or ore or merchandise. The improved prospects for vessel interests may result in other enterprises of a similar nature this winter.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 17, 1877

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      INSPECTORS REPORT. - The examination made by the same board of the steam tug Wm. H. PRINGLE on St. Clair River, May 31, establishes the fact that the fire originated in the coal bunker alongside the boilers. The hull of the tug was not materially injured, but the upper works are entirely destroyed. The Wm. H. PRINGLE was a large, powerful tug, built at Saginaw, Mich., in 1871, of 213 tons, and commanded by W. H. Littleton. The loss is estimated at $7,000.
      Detroit Tribune and Advertiser
      July 2, 1877

Our correspondent at Marine City writes as follows:- The new steam barge being built by Morley, Holland & Co., was launched Saturday in Belle River. She has no name yet. The length of her keel is 190 feet, beam 32 feet, depth of hold 18 feet. Her owners will finish the work on her this winter, anf have her ready for business on the opening of naviagtion next spring.
The machinery of the burned tug Wm. H. PRINGLE, which has been prepared for her, will at once be placed into her. When finished she will be a fine craft, strongly built, and no doubt will be a fast running boat.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, December 11, 1878

      Workmen were engaged yesterday in pumping out the hull of the tug PRINGLE, which has been lying above the "TIMES" dock in Black River, for some time past.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 11, 1879

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Steam screw W.H. PRINGLE. U. S. No. 80176. Of 213.62 tons. Home port, Marine City, Mich. Of 333 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
Barge W.H. PRINGLE. U. S. No. 80176. Of 144.54 tons. Home port, Algonac, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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William H. Pringle (Propeller), U80176, fire, 30 May 1877