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Napoleon (Propeller), sunk, 22 Jun 1855

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Propeller NAPOLEON, cargo copper, struck rock in St. Mary's River, filled and sank. Got up and repaired. Property loss $18,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      January 11, 1856

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      PROPELLER NAPOLEON SUNK. -The steamer ILLINOIS which arrived at Cleveland on Monday, from Lake Superior, reports the propeller NAPOLEON to have come through the Canal with passengers and 82 tons of Cliff Mines copper and to have struck a rock on Sault River and sunk in 18 feet water. The ILLINOIS brought down her passengers. It is thought that she may be raised, though she is an old boat, worth not to exceed $6,000
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, June 27, 1855

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      Chicago, June 27. PROPELLER SUNK. - The propeller NAPOLEON, Capt. Spaulding bound for Cleveland with one hundred tons of copper, struck a rock in St. Mary River, Friday morning, near Church's Landing, and sank immediately in three fathoms of water. The NAPOLEON was built on Lake Superior, and this was the first trip down. Loss and insurance, unknown.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, June 29, 1855

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      We understand that Capt. Palmer has contracted to raise the propeller NAPOLEON, sunk in the Sault River and deliver her with her cargo in a safe port for the sum of $13,500, or $6,000 on the recovery of the copper with which she was loaded.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, July 4, 1855

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PROPELLER NAPOLEON. -- The propeller NAPOLEON, which was sunk a short time since in the Sault Ste. Marie River, has been raised by the aid of Capt. Palmer's steam pump, and reached this port yesterday. Her leaks were stopped so that she was able to work her way down. She is to go into dry dock for repairs. -- Detroit Free Press, 23.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      FridaY, August 24, 1855

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: copper
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.059722 Longitude: -83.945833
William R. McNeil
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Napoleon (Propeller), sunk, 22 Jun 1855