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General H. E. Paine (Propeller), aground, 19 Nov 1879

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Lately, I have been conducting research on the advent of steamboating on Pine Lake (Lake Charlevoix) and Little Traverse Bay, Michigan. A vessel that traded between Charlevoix and Grand Traverse Bay ports was the tug *General H. E. Paine* 10856, which connected with Pridgeon's "Sarnia Line" at Northport from Traverse City, Elk Rapids, and
Charlevoix, from 1869 until 1877, when she ran a Grand Haven-Manistee route. Imagine my surprise when, looking into this vessel's history, I discovered she was built in 1865 at East Boston by the famous Douglas McKay.
She apparently foundered off Grand Haven, Michigan, 19 November 1879.
      E-mail letter via Wm. Lafferty

Propeller GENERAL H.E. PAINE. Of 248 tons. Built at East Boston in 1865 by D. McKay. Owned by Kirby,F. & Co. Home port, Milwaukee. Value, $14,000. Class B 1. REMARKS. -- Tug, ex TREFOIL. ["TREFOIL' was penciled in]
      National Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Classification for 1875.
Screw steamer TREFOIL.* Of 370 tons. Built at East Boston, Mass., in 1865. First Home port, Boston, Mass. Disposition. -- Lost 1879
*U.S. No. 10856. Sold U.S. Navy as U.S.S. TREFOIL Feb. 2, 1865 before documentation; documented as GENERAL H.E. PAINE July 1, 1867
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

TREFOIL. Of 370 tons. Built 1865. Stranded Nov. 19, 1879 at Grand Haven, Mich.
      Losses of U.S. Merchant Steam Vessels
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
Steam screw GENERAL H.E. PAINE. U.S. No. 10856. Of 248.19 tons; 80 horse power. Home port, Grand haven, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1871

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
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General H. E. Paine (Propeller), aground, 19 Nov 1879