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Cataract (Propeller), aground, 1 Jun 1855

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CATARACT Propeller, ashore and full of water on South Fox Island L. M., cargo flour &c. Got off Property loss $10,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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      PROPELLER CATARACT.---The following additional particulars relative to the sinking of the CATARACT we find in the Milwaukee Sentinel:-
The news was brought by the engineer, who arrived on Thursday afternoon in the LADY ELGIN. The Insurance Companies immediately despatched the propeller FOREST QUEEN, with a large steam pump, to the aid of the CATARACT. The engineer thinks that she can be pumped out, discharged and got afloat again without much difficulty or material damage.
The CATARACT belongs to the American Transortation Company, and was not insured. her cargo consisted of 3,000 bbls. flour, 1,000 bushels rye, and some other articles, all believed to be insured in the offices in this city, Buffalo and New York. It is thought that the damage to the cargo will not exceed $5,00
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, June 30, 1855

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PROPELLER "CATARACT" SUNK.---The propeller CATARACT, Capt. Hinde, from Milwaukee for this port, with 2,500 bbls. flour and other rolling freight, was sunk near the "Foxes" on lake Michigan. The flour was consigned to Messrs. Milne & Kinne and the American Transportation Company. The propeller FOREST QUEEN has been dispatched from Milwaukee to her assistance with pumps and other necessary apparatus for raising her. She probably struck in the fog.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, July 2, 1855

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PROPELLER CATARACT.--Captain Lathrop, of the propeller BRUNSWICK, which arrived yesterday, from Chicago, reports that the propeller CATARACT, of the American Transportation Company's Line, has been raised, and was to have been towed to Chicago by the FOREST QUEEN.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, July 14, 1855

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PROPELLER CATARACT SAFE IN CHICAGO.--We learn from Capt. Napier, of the propeller FOREST QUEEN, which arrived yesterday, that he left the CATARACT afloat at the Beavers, and we since learn from Mr.Walbridge that the CATARACT worked her own way to Chicago from the Beavers and will immediately go into dry dock at that place for repairs. The FOREST QUEEN brought down the CATARACT's cargo. About 1,500 barrels of the flour was damaged.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, July 16, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: flour, rye, &c.
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.44083 Longitude: -85.87981
William R. McNeil
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Cataract (Propeller), aground, 1 Jun 1855