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Boston (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1846


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The steamboat BOSTON, Capt. Pease, owned by Capt. John Robinson of Detroit, was wrecked at Milwaukee in the severe gale of last Tuesday evening. She was lying at the piers discharging her cargo at the time the gale came on, and in an attempt to make an offing, lost her smoke pipes, and was subsequently blown ashore from her anchorage, and lies broadside upon the beach, near the piers. It is supposed she will be a total loss. Most of her cargo is on board and will probably be saved in a damaged state. No lives lost. - Detroit Advertiser, Monday.
      Buffalo Courier
      Wed. Dec. 2, 1846

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Milwaukee Nov. 28: - The BOSTON, There is a prospect of saving more from the wreck of this fine steamer than was at first anticipated. The cabin furniture was brought ashore Thursday, but little damaged. It is supposed that the engine will also be saved, and if the weather continues favorable, most of the cargo will be got out, though more or less damaged. The hull is full of water and will probably be broken up. Mr. Robinson, we learn talks of rebuilding his boat here this winter, taking the engine and as much of the hull as can be got from the wreck. The BOSTON cost $65,000 and was uninsured. -- Milwaukee Sentinal.
      Buffalo Courier
      Fri. Dec. 4, 1846

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It is expected the hull of the BOSTON will be saved, with the furniture and most of the engine. She is to be taken to Milwaukee to be rebuilt. There was an insurance of $15,000
      Buffalo Courier
      Mon. Dec. 14, 1846

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We learn from Capt. Pease that the BOSTON is bilged and that all hopes of getting her hull ashore has been abandoned. It will therefore be left to the mercy of the winds and waves, until the return of spring. A large portion of the cargo is still in the hold of the vessel which will be a total loss. It is the desire of Mr. Robinson, Says the Milwaukee Sentinel, to build a new and larger steamer at Milwaukee this winter in which he will put the furniture, engine &c.,of the BOSTON
      Buffalo Courier
      Thurs. Dec. 17, 1846

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THE STEAMER BOSTON.---The Milwaukee Courier learns that plans are arranged and the work is to be commenced immediately, for raising the steamboat BOSTON from her sand bed, where she was wrecked last fall; and putting her on the ways for rebuilding and fitting. Mr. Robinson, of Detroit, the principal owner, is at Milwaukee to superintend the
work.
      Detroit Free Press
      Fri. May 21, 1847

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STEAMER BOSTON. -- We learn that Mr. Robinson, the owner of the BOSTON has contracted to have her raised and lengthened 30 feet, in time to have her make two or three trips this fall. Her engine has not been materially injured, and her hull is considered sound. It will be remembered that the BOSTON was beached at Milwaukee last fall.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 21, 1847


THE WRECK OF THE BOSTON.---The hull of the steamer BOSTON was lately sold at Milwaukee at auction for the sum of five hundred and twenty-five dollars.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday Evening, April 1, 1848

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      STEAMER "GLOBE". - This is the name of a new steamer which made her first appearance here yesterday, and which will prove a valuable addition to the lake fleet now in commission. The owner is Mr. Robinson, of Detroit, who built the BOSTON, the engine of which boat is placed in the GLOBE. - (part)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday evening, June 17, 1848
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      VESSELS WRECKED ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
      Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
      Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
      (here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
      Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
      Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
      Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
      Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
      Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
      Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
      Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
      Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
      Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
      Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
      Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
      Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
      Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
      Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
      Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
      Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
      Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
      Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
      Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
      Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
      Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
      Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
      Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
      Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
      Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
      Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
      Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
      Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
      Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
      Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
      Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
      Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
      Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
      Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
      Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
      Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
      Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
      Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
      * Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
      Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
      Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
      Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
      Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
      Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
      Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
      Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
      Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
      Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
      Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
      Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
      Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Total Value $512,000
      Total number of lives lost 288
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, February 9, 1848

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Recovered
Date of Original:
1846
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McN.W.745
Language of Item:
English
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Boston (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1846