Bay City, November 20. - The steamer Dunlap, heavily laden with freight, left this port for up along the shore last night. It was with difficulty that she forced her way through the ice in the river, but she finally got out into the bay and was going along at a rapid rate. When about 14 miles out water was discovered in the fire room and investigation showed that the ice had crushed a hole in her side just above the iron plating. This would have, ordinarily, made but little trouble, but she was too heavily laden and the water rose above the line. Men were placed at the pumps, and large quantities of provisions, which had been shipped from this city to dealers in Oscoda and Alpena, were thrown overboard. It was thought at one time that the steamer would go down before she could reach the river, but by throwing almost the entire cargo overboard, she reached this city about 1 o'clock this morning. The cut was made through the hull, on the starboard side, about 18 feet back. The fireman stayed at his post, up to his knees in water, and the entire crew are said to have behaved bravely. A larger part of the goods lost had been shipped by Gustin, Merrill & Co. of this city. They had about 100 barrels of flour, 50 barrels of meats, a large amount of lumbermen's supplies, corn, feed and a quantity of tobacco and small groceries. W. H. Miller had shipped about $500 worth of hardware, which was also sacrificed for the steamer's safety. Beer, whiskey and dry goods were among the articles dumped out, one box of goods worth about $600 was thrown out.
Gates & Fay had aboard 50 barrels of flour, 115 of bran and 20 barrels of feed.
Whatever fault there may have been in loading the vessel great credit is due the officers for saving the steamer and all on board, bringing them alongside the dock without injury. It is probably that the Dunlap will run no more this year. The Peter Smith and Birckhead have been chartered to take out a load for this line.
Detroit Post & Tribune
November 22, 1880
The GEORGE L. DUNLAP (US#10347) sank to her decks at her dock. She was later raised, but never sailed again.