The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 10, 1886

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The propeller Quebec is again in trouble. After months of trial and great expense in raising her from the bottom of the Sault, she is now ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Huron. The tug International, while en route with her from Collingwood to this port, towed her onto the beach in thick weather at the place above stated. Being a Canadian tug, the International dare not undertake the task of her relief. The tug Gladiator, which left here yesterday, will make an effort to release her.

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The INTERNATIONAL was the very tug that brought Canadian customs authorities to the site where the pratical Grummond wrecker WINSLOW was attempting to salvage the schooner STARLING from Canadian waters in November 1884.
The QUEBEC (C#71212) story was long and somewhat sad. Briefly, she was built as a crack passenger and freight propeller at Chatham in 1874. After a stranding on Magnetic Reef in Georgian Bay in the spring of 1885 she was rebuilt. In July of 1885 she struck a rock in the St. Mary's River and sunk in 100 feet of water. A very expensive salvage job followed, bringing her up from the greatest depth of any salvage job up to that time. Then she was lost on Presque Isle as stated above and was sold to Americans where she lay at Presque Isle. Salvaged again and rebuilt to the steamer F. E. SPINNER (US#120654), she was sunk again near the same spot in the St. Mary's River in 1900. Again she was brought up in the deepest salvage up to THAT time (125 feet). She was rebuilt to a steambarge at Collingwood following that accident and her name was changed to HELEN C in 1902. In 1922, after a career spanning 48 years(!), she foundered in a storm on Thunder Bay, Michigan, just a good stone's throw from Presque Isle. Salvaged yet again, she was too far gone to repair and was declared a constructive total loss.
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July 10, 1886
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 10, 1886