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The Escanaba, a Coast Guard cutter built in Bay City, sinks
June 13, 2022 @ 12:00 am
The Escanaba, a Coast Guard cutter built at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, and stationed in Grand Haven was lost on this day in 1943. While temporarily serving in the Atlantic to protect convoys during World War II, it sank with a loss of 101 lives. The only two to survive did so because their soaked clothing froze their unconscious bodies to floating debris, preventing them from following their shipmates to the bottom.