Satisfaction (1871)
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Boiler View Aft
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A View of Satisfaction's Stout Framing
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View of the top of Satisfaction's Machinery note that the top of its engine has come off and is laying on the bottom next to it.
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View of the Forward Part of the Boiler
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View of the Towing Bitts
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View of the Satisfaction's Machinery
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View of the Machinery including a Possbile Gauge
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View of the Machinery
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View of Framing and Ceiling Planking
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Final Voyage

On 25 June 1899, the tug Satisfaction was towing the schooner barge Tracy J. Bronson from Chicago, Illinois to East Jordan, Michigan to receive a cargo of elm lumber aboard the barge. The tugboat was then going to haul the lumber laden Bronson to Buffalo, New York. While the Satisfaction was steaming north of Sheboygan, Wisconsin flames were discovered in the tugs pilothouse. The fire apparently started around the boiler and the flames spread rapidly. The crew managed to escape aboard the ship's yawl and some sheltered aboard the Bronson. The Goodrich Line steamer Georgia attempted to reach the burning tug when its boiler exploded. The Steamer Olympia while bound from Erie to Sheboygan attempted to tow what was left of the still burning tug and the Satisfaction sank while in tow. The tug Sheboygan was later dispatched to take the barge Bronson into tow. The crew of the Satisfaction made it to shore in Sheboygan without injury. Prior to the fire, the Satisfaction had sunk in the Chicago River after the alleged carelessness of a night watchmen who had left the tug for the night with the injector still working.
Today

The remains of the Satisfaction lay in just over 100 feet of water. The ship’s hull is broken and rests on its port side. The stempost lays in the sand with most of the ship’s outer hull planking sprung from the knighthead. The tug’s machinery remains on the site and consists of a firebox boiler with smokestack and a single cylinder steam engine that remains connected to the propeller shaft. Following the propeller shaft aft, we found a thrust bearing, couplers and finally the propeller. Only one blade of the propeller is visible. The ship’s rudder also lies under the debris. Most notable are a pair of robust towing bitts that Satisfaction used for rescuing and towing other vessels. The bitts remain connected to the stern deck that is upside down in the sand. Evidence of the fire which caused its sinking can be found throughout the wreck.
 
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