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Ogemaw (Propeller), UI55035, sunk, 3 Dec 1891

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Escanaba, Dec. 4. -- The steamer OGEMAW sank in eleven fathoms of water, a mile and a half northwest of Burnt Bluff, Big Bay de Noquette, yesterday morning She left here at daylight with the barges TILDEN and MAXWELL in tow, and sprang a leak between Peninsular Point and Poverty Passage. A heavy sea and wind from the southwest made it impossible to reach shelter at St. Martin's Island. She headed for Fayette Island, the pumps and syphon being worked until her fires were put out by the water. Then the barges tried to tow her, but she sank this morning. The crew went on the MAXWELL and both barges came back here.
      Capt. Pringle says that when the OGEMAW went down the compressed air threw her decks and cabins high in the air, and she is a total loss.
      The OGEMAW was a wooden steamer of 625 gross tons, built at St. Clair by Langell in 1881, and was owned by Edward Smith of Buffalo and Capt. Pringle. She had a rating of A 1½ with an insurance valuation of $37,000. She is insured.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, December 4, 1891
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      The steamer OGEMAW sank in 11 fathoms of water 1½ north west of Burnt Bluff, Big Bay de Noc, at 8 o'clock Thursday morning. She sprung a leak between Peninsula Point and Poverty passage. The consort MAXWELL rescued the crew and she and the other consort TILDEN came back to Escanaba. When she went down, the compressed air threw her decks and cabin high in the air. She is a total loss. She was built at St. Clair in 1881. Owned by Edward Smith of Buffalo and valued at $10,000
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, December 4, 1891
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      Port Huron, July 11. -- The wrecking steamer HENRY JOHNSON left here yesterday with full wrecking outfit to raise the steamer OGEMAW, which foundered in Green Bay last fall.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, July 11, 1892
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Chicago, July 20. -- Wrecker Murphy reports to the underwriters that the steambarge OGEMAW, sunk in 66 feet of water off Burnt Bluff, Bay De Noque, can be raised without trouble. He will begin operations at once.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, July 20, 1892
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      While waiting for Pontoons with which to raise the steam barge OGEMAW, sunk off Big Bay de Noque, the Murphy Wrecking Company's steamer JOHNSON is searching for the steamer McBRIER, which was sunk by collision with the PROGRESS Sept. 28, 1890. The disaster occurred between Waugoshance and Skilagelee.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, August 12, 1892
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      The Murphy Wrecking Co.'s tug JOHNSON, with pontoons in tow, left for Green bay on Monday morning to continue wrecking operations on the sunken steambarge OGEMAW. The chains have been attached to her for several weeks, but the pontoons have until now been in use on the PROGRESS.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 30, 1892
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      Milwaukee, Oct. 4. -- Vessel captains arriving today report that the steamer OGEMAW, which foundered in 60 feet of water, between Burnt Bluff and Fayette, Big Bay De Noque, has been brought to the surface by the McMoran wrecking expedition. Everything was in readiness for freeing her hold of water.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, October 4, 1892
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      The steambarge OGEMAW which sunk in 65 feet of water Dec. 4, 1891 has been raised and will be brought to Detroit for repairs by the Murphy Wrecking Co.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 22, 1893
Steasm Screw OGEMAW. U. S. No. 155035. Of 625.18 tons gross; 333.03 tons net. Built at St. Clair, Mich., in 1881. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 167.0 x 30.2 x 13.1 Of 500 Nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.78331 Longitude: -86.70014
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Ogemaw (Propeller), UI55035, sunk, 3 Dec 1891