The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), 31 July 1885

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Chicago. - The steamer Saginaw was sold by the United States marshal this forenoon for $5,400 to A. N. Moffatt of Detroit. There were quite a number of persons aboard the boat just previous to the sale, and as several of them expressed their intention of bidding her in, it was expected that the sale would be a lively one. Among those present was "Black Jack" Yattaw, who had previously announced that he intended to purchase the Saginaw to convert her into a mammoth saloon and gambling house to be anchored far enough in the lake to avoid prosecution on the part of the city authorities. "Black Jack" did not even make a bid for the vessel, inasmuch as the first bid, which was made by Mayor Grummond of Detroit, was $5,375. C. E. Kremer, Esq., representing A. N. Moffatt, bid $5,400, and the vessel was disposed of to him at that price. The debts of the Saginaw amount to nearly $9,000. Mr. Moffatt says he will in all probability take the Saginaw back to Detroit. The tug Flossie Duelche* made a short trip in the lake today, carrying Mayor Grummond and A. N. Moffatt of Detroit, Capt. J. S. Dunbar, C. E. Kremer, Sinclair and several other gentlemen of Chicago. The water works crib was visited and examined carefully, and other points of interest around the harbor were visited also. The trip lasted about three hours. Capt. Dunham acted as host.

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*Probably FLOSSIE THIELKE, 30 t. tug out of Chicago.
The sidewheeler SAGINAW (US#115118) was built in 1866 at Marine City, Mich. and was 707 gt. After this sale the old steamer had life in her yet. After a few years use by the White Star Line, she was converted to a schooner-barge in 1890, and became a a propeller lumber boat in 1893. She was reportedly lost in a fire near Port Huron in 1905, but her final document was surrendered in 1913, endorsed "abandoned".
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31 July 1885
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), 31 July 1885