Robert C. Pringle (1903)
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Service History


The steamer Chequamegon was launched in 1903 and carried package freight between Ashland and the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Between 1904 and 1908 she transported passengers between Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay Park, a resort for picnics and recreation. In 1911 she was sold and put back to work as a package freighter for seven years and her name was changed to Pere Marquette 7. In 1918 she was sold to the Pringle Barge Line of Cleveland, Ohio and renamed the Robert C. Pringle and served as a tug until 1922.
Final Voyage


"On June 19,1922 the tug Robert C. Pringle, towing the steamer Venezuela, struck an obstruction about 12 miles north of Sheboygan. Despite the fact that the tug sank almost immediately, the entire crew was picked up by the Venezuela and taken to Manitowoc, WI."
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In May of 2008 a team of divers located the wreck of the Pringle near Sheboygan in about 300 feet of water.
 
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