The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Illinois (Steamboat), struck bottom, 1 Sep 1863

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By the arrival of the steamer METEOR, which reached here yesterday at 8 P.M, we have late and important intelligence from Lake Superior. The steamer ILLINOIS struck in the Nebish, which caused her to leak some. The Captain ran her ashore in Lake George and repaired the damage. She would have to lighter a part of her cargo. The 1st Mate was in charge at the time. The body of the late Capt. Ratteray was found a short distance from where he was drowned. He was struck by the wheel and his head badly bruised. The body was brought down on the METEOR and left at Sombra River, St. Clair, his late residence. The schooner FARWELL has been abandoned. The METEOR brought down 100 tons of copper ore, 25 tons merchandize, and 170 passengers.
The METEOR is the first arrival from Lake Superior during the past nine days. She leaves again on her upward voyage to-night.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      September 23, 1863 3-3

      Steamer ILLINOIS, general cargo, struck the ground in the Nebish Rapids.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Casualty List, 1863
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

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Reason: struck bottom
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $1,500
Freight: general cargo
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.35007 Longitude: -84.09994
William R. McNeil
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Illinois (Steamboat), struck bottom, 1 Sep 1863