The old prop. CITY OF MADISON, after a career of 17 years on the lakes, has at length followed the precedence of many others of her time. She was built in Buffalo in 1857, and during the 17 years of existence met with no disasters worth recording. The first first misfortune took place in October 1857, at Port Washington, Lake Michigan, involving damages $200 and upwards. In July 1860, she struck the pier at Willow Creek and was damaged $300, and lost a man overboard in July 1863, at Oswego. Soon after in same month she went ashore at Carp River, Lake Michigan, and threw over flour pork and high wines to the extent of $2,000.
In September afterwards she sunk at the Sault and damaged $4,000. In June 1869, ashore at the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, and damaged $2,000. Five other misfortunes overtook her, and in October, of last year, found a resting place at Washington Island, which was the final close of her career.
Detroit Free Press
May 29, 1874
REPAIRED:-- The old propeller CITY OF MADISON, which has been lying at Milwaukee, neglected and forlorn since her disaster in Green Bay in 1874, has been repaired and repainted and will soon enter the business arena again.
April 21, 1876
Steam screw CITY OF MADISON. U. S. No. 4350. Of 487.23 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
Propeller CITY OF MADISON, of 487 tons. Built Built Buffalo, May 1857 by Van Slyke & Notter. Owned by Wilmarth et al. Value $7,000. Class, B 2.
Board of Lake Underwriters
Lake Vessel Register, 1877