The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 14, 1883

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Capt. James Laframboise, who formerly commanded the tug Prince Alfred, is now sailing the tug Michigan, which he thinks is a much better craft than the former.

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MICHIGAN/PRINCE ALFRED/MICHIGAN (C#7406) had been sailed by Capt. Laframboise and had done some significant wrecking for all of the spring of 1883 before being renamed. She had had an interesting career. Built in 1859 for the Grand Trunk Railway by Robert Steed at Sarnia, Ont., the 275 ton steamer was sold to Detroiter John Pridgeon and his partner W. K. Muir in 1862, but retained her Canadian registry. During the Fenian uprising in 1867, she was sold to the Canadian government, renamed PRINCE ALFRED and converted to a gunboat. In 1877 she was sold once more to private owners and converted to a large wrecker. For the following six years she was the biggest and most powerful Canadian wrecker covering Lakes Erie and Huron. For some reason which I have not yet discovered, the "nearly new" MICHIGAN was reported dismantled after only one year under her new name.
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June 14, 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), June 14, 1883