The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Nov. 6, 1884

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SOUTH HAVEN, Nov. 5. - The steamer Grace Grummond burned at 2 o'clock this morning and is a total loss. With her burned fifty fine barrels of apples, nine barrels of pears and seventy sacks of potatoes. Her insurance ran out Nov. 1, and the understanding is it had not been replaced. Those on board lost everything but the clothes they had happened to grasp in leaving. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

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But the GRUMMOND (US#85552) was not so easy to kill. The iron-hulled sidewheel steamer was actually built in 1856 by Merrick & Sons, Philadelphia, as the survey steamer JEFFERSON DAVIS, specifically for the survey of the Great Lakes. She was 138 feet overall, 21 feet, 6 inches beam and 8 feet 9 inches depth of hold. She was approximately 250 tons, old measure. For obvious reasons, by the beginning of the American Civil War she was renamed SEARCH. By 1878 her usefulness as a survey boat was ended, and she was offered for sale to private parties. Famous wrecking master S. B. Grummond purchased her and named her after his daughter after fitting her out for excursions on the Detroit River.
As seen above, by 1884 she was in the fruit trade on Lake Michigan. After the fire she was towed to Chicago to lay up until it was decided what to do with her. It is not known if she ever operated as a steamer again, but in 1887 she was rebuilt as a schooner at Milwaukee. She was one of the only sizable iron-hulled schooners ever used on the lakes. In 1904, as a tow-barge, she was sold Canadian and renamed BALTIC (C#116760). She was later co-opted as a breakwater for fish tugs at Clear Creek, Ont. In August, 1939 she was finally scrapped at the ripe age of 84, and in 1940 was removed from the Canadian List of Shipping.
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Nov. 6, 1884