On February 9 1885 the Michigan left its winter port of Grand Haven with Captain Redmond Prindeville and 29 men aboard to assist the steamer Oneida which was struck fast in the ice. The Michigan also became caught in the ice, which was especially difficult that winter. On Tuesday, February 17, after more than a week, it was decided that 17 of the most hardy men would be chosen to walk to shore since there was not enough food for all. The temperature was about 10 degrees below zero as the party, armed with axes, pikes, ropes and rations, began their trek at about 7:00 AM. The first members of the crew reached shore at West Casco at about 5:00 PM after spending ten hours walking across the mountainous terrain of ever-moving ice. The party was housed by the local residents then made their way to the train station at Bravo for the trip back to Grand Haven. On the 21st, crewmember George Sheldon left the steamer at 7:00 AM and walked the distance to shore only to return to the vessel the following day laden with cigars, tobacco and newspapers for his fellow crew members. Sheldon repeated the trek on the 23rd, making the trip in five hours. Upon reaching shore he made a trip to Grand Haven on behalf of the crew, delivering letters and dispatches from the captain and crew. Sheldon returned from Grand Haven on the 25th and, aided by local Casco residents again made the trek out to the stranded vessel. Upon their arrival, the ice began to drift and two days later they found themselves 20 miles off Saugatuck. they lowered a yawl which they pushed, pulled and floated until reaching shore somewhere near Glenn. On Sunday the steamer was seen locked in the ice opposite M. Chase's farm seven miles north of where she was first spotted. She was reported opposite Saugatuck on Wednesday. Newspapers were speculating she would reach Grand Haven "after a while". On Thursday, March 19, the Michigan was finally claimed by the ice and slipped to her watery grave. Just prior to the ship's demise, the crew swung a lifeboat over the side. Half the crew moved the boat a safe distance from the doomed vessel while the others prepared to also abandon ship. Captain Prindeville was the last to leave the mortally wounded ship. The crew watched from about 1/4 mile away as the tip of her mast disappeared in "about 300 feet of water", according to local newspaper accounts. The trip over the mountainous ice to the tug Arctic, which was lying about 4 miles off, took several hours. The crew managed to push the lifeboat along the ice and reached the tug without further loss or injury.