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Sinking of Propeller Globe.
  • Contributed by David D. Swayze of Lake Isabella, MI
  • Posted September 2007.

    Detroit Free Press... from the Buffalo Daily Courier - Saturday, August 15, 1863


    The propeller GLOBE, which has been plying the present season between Saginaw and Buffalo, took fire on Wednesday morning near the Charity Islands, on Saginaw Bay, and burned to the water's edge, after sinking in four fathoms of water. She was owned by Myron Williams, of Vicksburgh, St. Clair River, and was insured for $6,000, as we learn from a creditable source. During the present season she has underwent extensive repairs, besides receiving a new boiler. The GLOBE was built at Maumee City during the winter of 1846, and was first commanded by Capt. Chas. H. Ludlow, who plied with her between Buffalo and Toledo, and at that period was considered the finest of her class. She met with serious disasters on some two or three occasions, but has finally met her last.

    Posted September 2004.

    Detroit Free Press - July 2, 1867


    Correspondence of the Detroit Free Press.

    Bay City, Mich., June 30, 1867

    This evening the hull, engines and boilers of the propeller Globe - burned and sunk three [sic] years ago this summer, on the north shore of Saginaw Bay - were safely brought into the river and landed below the bridge. The hulk was swung between the barges and was towed up the stream by three tugs and the Gen. Sherman steam barge. The bottom and part of the sides are good, and will serve for other purposes yet. The engine, a fine double-screw one, is in good order, considering all the circumstances, and with a little fitting up and repairing of the cylinders will serve for many years efficient service. The boiler, which cost originally $7,000 and served but one trip, although necessarily much rusted, is still good, and with some new plates and freshly riveted seams, will be almost as good as most new ones, having been originally a very superior one. The recovery of the wreck reflects much credit on the the energy and enterprise of Mr. Spalding, who undertook to find and raise it, although new to the business.

    He commenced the search for her about a fortnight ago by dragging near the supposed locality a sunken 800 feet cable hauled by two tugs. After ascertaining her whereabouts he had a diver brought to the spot, and succeeded in getting chains around her, and after raising her by jack-screws, dragged her the first lift thirty miles, when she grounded in twenty-four feet water, about ten miles below the bar. He again raised her and brought her within five miles of the light house at the mouth of the river, where he again had to call a halt to hoist the bar. This evening he brought her in all safe. He and his partners in the enterprise are likely to make a good thing out of it. A good deal of surprise is expressed here at the evident success at what was considered by many a hopeless project.

    Posted August, 2012.

    The Diary of Bishop Baraga (1797-1868)

    xcerpt page 209 (1860).

    Nov. 26: Again it was a very cold night. In order to remember the name; Nibanabekwe (Kagigedwe), he promised to go to Sugar Land this winter. Just now, noon, the propeller Globe is coming up. Where does it want to go? Misere! The canal is frose hard. If it goes through the canal, then there is hope for the Planet and Cleveland. -- We shall see.

    Nov. 27: Sure enough. The small propeller Globe has cut through the ice and is up above. Today I bought a box of star-candles of 20 pounds.

    Comments by David D. Swayze:

    The hard-luck steamer GLOBE burned and sank on Saginaw Bay near Big Charity Island, August 12, 1863.

    Her career had been perversely eventful, marked by a number of serious accidents. She was built in 1847 and was sold into Canadian registry in 1856 [C#33471]. After wrecking on Lake Superior in 1860, she was salvaged by Americans and resumed U S Registry. The 1863 fire seemed to be the end of her career, but four years later this enterprising salvager, apparently undeterred by her record, was able to recover the burned out hulk. It was to not much avail, as it turned out, as she drove ashore near Pt. Pelee in a gale October 21, 1873 and became a total - and final - loss. If her engine was as descibed in the article - apparently a compound engine running two shafts - it is probably unique in that era. Most other sources say she was twin-engined.

    Subject Notes

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    The Propeller Globe was built in Maumee, Ohio and was launched on April 1, 1846. It was designed and built by Capt. H. Hubbell, it was powered by an engine built by the Cuyahoga Steam Furnance Co. Its dimensions were 150 ft. in length and 30 feet wide and it had 26 state-rooms with ample capacity for carrying cargo. It's first commanders was Capt. Charles Ludlow.
    1918 Map: Shows location of old lighthouse at mouth of Saginaw River.
    Related Pages
    Shipbldg. Bay City (1886)
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    People Referenced
    Ludlow, Chas. H.
    Williams, Myron
    Subjects Referenced
    Buffalo, NY
    Canadian registry
    Charity Islands
    Gen. Sherman, barge
    Cleveland, vessel
    Globe, vessel
    Lake Superior
    Lighthouse (Sag. Rvr.)
    Maumee City
    Planet, vessel
    Pt. Pelee
    Saginaw Bay
    St. Clair River
    Suger Land
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