The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 15, 1860

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RAISING THE NILE - Caleb Harrison has undertaken the job of raising the old steamer Nile, which has lain embedded in water and mud undisturbed for the past eleven years. The Nile, it will be remembered by those who resided here at the time, was burned and sunk at her dock in this city in the year 1849.* The scene of the disaster was about a half a mile below Jones' old shipyard, near the mouth of the river - a portion of the city now completely inundated. The hull was stripped of the engines, machinery and everything of value that escaped destruction by the fire, but the present is the first attempt that has ever been made to raise it. In her day the Nile was noted for her great strength, and other good qualities, and singular as it may appear, it is said that her timbers are to this day perfectly sound. The preparatory work of raising has progressed successfully, and by to-day Mr. Harrison expects to have her in Wolf and Lawrence's dry-docks, where she is to be rebuilt as a propeller, or sail vessel, as may be decided upon. We understand that Mr. Harrison has refused $5,000 for the old hull since he commenced raising her - pretty good evidence that it is not worthless. - Mil. Sent., 10th.

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Harrison should have taken the $5,000. The salvage attempt was unsuccessful.
*Actually, on September 6, 1850, she caught fire and burned to a total loss, along with a warehouse and dock. The fire was suspected to be arson. She had gone on the beach in a gale in October of 1849 and had recently been refloated after a long salvage effort. While being towed into the harbor for her repairs, she was torn loose by a storm and ran aground again. She was raised once more and towed to Sweet's warehouse dock near Jones' shipyard, where this fire occurred. Her burned-out remains were auctioned off in 1852.
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November 15, 1860
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 15, 1860