The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post & Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct 13, 1882

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The engine of the old propeller Detroit, which has been lying in the yard of the Detroit dry dock company, foot of Orleans street, for about eight years, has been purchased by the dry dock engine works and will be broken up for old iron. This engine first did duty in the old propeller Hunter, which was dismantled after being sunk by a collision. It was taken out of the Hunter and placed in the Detroit, which had previously been a side-wheeler. After almost four years service as a propeller the Detroit was lost but the engine was recovered by the steam barge Monitor, which had appliances for hoisting heavy weights. The engine was then brought to the dry dock and has remained there since. Although large and powerful, it is of very little use, because of the improvements recently made in propeller engines.

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The propeller HUNTER (US#11139) was built at Buffalo by Bidwell & Banta in 1859 and was sunk on the Detroit River in 1869 in collision with the propeller COMET. The vessel was raised and her engine was removed, as stated, and in the winter of 1870-71 was placed in the schooner-barge DETROIT (US#6189) , which had been reduced from a sidewheeler the previous year. HUNTER's hull, meanwhile, was converted to a towbarge specifically meant as a consort to the selfsame DETROIT. On September 28, 1872 the two were upbound when they were caught in a storm on Lake Huron. The barge broke loose and went ashore near Greenbush, Michigan, while DETROIT met the beach a few miles further north. In the summer on 1875 the MONITOR salvaged the veteran engine and more of DETROIT's machinery - in vain, as it turned out.
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Oct 13, 1882
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post & Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct 13, 1882