The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Trader (Propeller), waterlogged, 18 Oct 1880

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Montague, Mich. Oct. 19. - The cabin washed ashore at Strong Creek, and supposed to be that of the steamer ALPENA proves to be a portion of the promenade deck of the barge TRADER. The other wreckage supposed to be part of the ALPENA, belongs probably to the TRADER.
      Chicago, Oct. 19. - The steambarge TRADER, supposed to be lost, has gone to pieces on the east shore of Lake Michigan. Capt. Brown and a crew of ten probably perished.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      October 19, 1880

      with all hands.
The inquiries of the Goodrich Company in regard to the ALPENA have developed the sad fact that the steambarge TRADER is lost, and that all hands probably perished. The barge CITY OF GRAND HAVEN, which put back to Grand Haven last evening, reported passing through the wreckage of the TRADER on Friday morning off Grand River, and the officers of the GRAND HAVEN ]according to a late private dispatch] are of the impression that there are no survivors. The TRADER's route was between Chicago and Muskegon, she being engaged in the lumber trade.
      Captain Frank Brown was master, and the crew numbered, in all, ten men. She measured 150 tons, and was built at Marine City by P. Price in 1865. Her class was B 2, and her value about $6,000. S. A. Brown of Marine City, was the owner.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October 1880

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: 10
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.41668 Longitude: -86.35701
William R. McNeil
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Trader (Propeller), waterlogged, 18 Oct 1880