The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 4, 1883

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The Canadian wrecking tug Prince Alfred, which is now the property of the International Wrecking and Transportation company, has been largely repaired during the winter and spring, and is so far a new boat that it was thought best to give her a new name. Application was made by S. A. Murphy to the dominion government and permission granted to have her name changed to "Michigan," under which title she henceforth go to the rescue of craft which are unfortunate enough to run against Canada. The Michigan is now in the best possible shape for wrecking, and has on board steam pumps, hoisting gear, and everything necessary to do successful wrecking. The Michigan's powerful engine is completely new and very powerful. It is a Steeple compound, with cylinders 22 and 40 by 27. Her boilers have also been repaired, so that she is now one of the best pullers on the lakes. The name "Michigan" can scarcely be called new, as the tug was formerly known by that name when owned by Capt. John Pridgeon, who sold her to the Canadian government.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 4, 1883