Henry Gust (1893)
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Service History


After a fatal boiler accident in 1929, all vessels over 70 feet were required to be inspected and have a licensed engineer on board. Since the Henry Clay couldn't meet the federal guidelines and couldn't afford either rebuiding her to pass inspection or to hire an engineer, the Captain had her shortened by ten feet (she then was 65 feet long) to avoid the inspection.
Final Voyage


Later in her life the Henry Gust was becoming expensive to operate and maintain so in 1935 she was stripped of her copper and brass by the Alfred Muchin Company. While sitting at dock, she was leaking badly and difficult to keep pumped out and becoming a hazard, so she was towed out into Lake Michigan and set on fire, but did not work. Finally, the Two Rivers Coast Guard purposely ramed her which caused her to sink.
Today


The vessel, Henry Gust, lies in 80 feet of water, partially intact hull with her machinery, boilers and propeller present.
 
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