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Araxes (Propeller), U310, aground, 24 Sep 1887

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Buffalo. -The propeller ARAXES went ashore at Thunder Bay, Lake Huron on the 24th. She is insured for $11,000 in the Phoenix. Captain George McLeod went to Detroit and will take an expedition to release her.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, September 29, 1887 p.1

Black River.---The steambarge ARAXES, lumber laden, from Menominee for Buffalo, ran hard aground on South Point, Thunder Bay, at 4 o'clock Saturday morning in a dense fog. She is leaking badly. The tug RALPH went to her assistance but could not release her. The ARAXES had two barges in tow, the GRANT and DRAKE. The RALPH had to go to the GRANT to save her going near Sturgeon Point light. She towed her back to Alpena. The DRAKE is all right and sailing down. The ARAXES is in bad condition. If the wind rises she will break up. The Sturgeon Point Life-saving crew are here and everyone was safely landed from the barge. The tug GEORGE R.HAND is here also, and a wrecking expedition from Detroit is expected. Grummomd's tug OSWEGO, with steam pumps on board, in charge of Captain George Mcleod, of the Inland lloyds, went to release the ARAXES.
      The Marine record
      Thursday, September 29, 1887 p.5

Detroit.---The propeller ARAXES which was released from a point near the mouth of Black River, where she ran aground and was abandoned by her crew, by a wrecking expedition under Captain George McLeod of the Inland Lloyds and brought here for repairs, left the lower drydock and proceeded onher way to Buffalo. Except the loss of her outfit, which was stolen by the fishermen in the vicinity of the wrecked craft, she was not damaged in the least. Captain McLeod speaks in the highest terms of Captain J.E. Renderson and the lifesaving crew which rendered him assistance.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, October 6, 1887 p.1

      Propeller ARAXES of 424 tons, built in 1856. Owned by Brown. Home port, Buffalo. Classed as B 1. On September 24, 1887 the vessel with a cargo of lumber went ashore on Lake Huron. Got off with property loos of $4,000 to hull and $1,000 to cargo.
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec.15, 1887
      December 15, 1887

Steam screw ARAXES. U. S. No. 310. Of 569.18 tons gross; 424.27 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1856. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 182.0 x 30.0 x 10.1.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: $1,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.00001 Longitude: -83.39997
William R. McNeil
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Araxes (Propeller), U310, aground, 24 Sep 1887