The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 6, 1891

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In Trouble at the Straits

Mackinaw, October 5. - The steam barge Nashua, with a three-masted black tow barge, was sighted far up the Straits early this afternoon acting strangely. The vessel at first appeared to be drifting away from the Nashua. Then it got alongside and in this way slowly moved down until about in the main channel and headed toward St. Igance. They separated and drifted about a mile alongside Mackinaw Island, when the vessel suddenly sank in deep water. No particulars can be obtained as the Nashua with all possible haste steamed back up the Straits and was soon out of sight. The vessel's crew is probably safe as the yawl was seen aboard the Nashua. It is thought anouther vessel must be in distress by the Nashua's action in hurrying away. Later - The barge reported sunk is probably the William Young, which with the schooner Newsboy composed the Nashua's tow. All the vessels were coal laden. The Young was a very old vessel having been built in 1863. She was owned by Capt. Richard Millen, who sails the Nashua. There was probably no insurance on the Young. She rated B1, and was valued at $3,500.

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At that the YOUNG was pretty much forgotten until her hulk was found and identified in the Straits near the wreck of the CEDARVILLE a couple of weeks ago by divers searching under the Mackinac Bridge for bodies from a jumping incident . Very little appeared in the papers and no document surrender has been found. The wreck was identified by her official number engraved on her main beam and still readable after 111 years awash. The finding of the ship has just been announced. See my database (Version 10.0 now on-line) for ship details:
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Oct. 6, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 6, 1891