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Alleghany (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1855

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ALLEGHANY Propeller, cargo merchandise, ashore at Milwaukee October 1855, Total loss. Cargo $200,000. Vessel $10,000. Property loss $210,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Jan. 11, 1856 (Casualty List)

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The new propeller ALLEGHANY, the first propeller launched here, is about ready for sea. She was built for the American Transportation Co. to replace the ALLEGHANY which was wrecked here last fall. She measures about 600 tons. 173' x 28' .
      Milwaukee Daily Sentinel
      July 29, 1856

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THE GALE ON LAKE MICHIGAN. -- The Milwaukee sentinel of Monday, contains accounts of numerous marine disasters in that vicinity, the most serious of which is the total loss of the propeller ALLEGHENY, of the America Transportation Company's Line, from Buffalo bound to Milwaukee with a heavy cargo of freight and merchandise. From the circumstances given, it would seem that there is some defect in the harbor light, or its management, as the steamer SEBASTOPOL, as will be remembered, was lost through mistaking the entrance to the river. Both the SEBASTOPOL and the ALLEGHENY, as reported, found no light at the mouth of the harbor, in the absence of which, the ALLEGHENY on Saturday night, in the height of the gale, anchored under the lee of North Point, where with the tremendous sea which was running, her smoke pipe soon went by the board. Her anchors dragged, and with no means of steaming up, she went helplessly ashore a little north of the SEBASTOPOL. The Sentinel says:
      The sea lifted her far up towards the beach, and she lay yesterday, within a 100 feet of the shore, and her hold full of water and the sea making a clean breach over her. She will go to pieces. A part of her cargo will be saved in a damaged condition. The ALLEGHENY belongs to the American Transportation Company, and is uninsured. The goods, we presume, were fully insured, in this city and in eastern companies. The extent of the loss is not yet fully known, but it must necessarily be heavy, $75,000 or upwards.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, October 25, 1855

The propeller ALLEGHENY lies close to the beach and will gradually go to pieces. All of her cargo is more or less damaged, and the loss on it heavy. The Merchant's Mutual of this city have about $4,000 in risks on the cargo. -- Milwaukee Sentinel, 23d.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, October 26, 1855

THE ALLEGHENY.-- The Milwaukee Wisconsin of the 25th says: "We visited this unfortunate this morning and found hands busily at work, removing the goods from the hold. They were not so much injured as we had supposed they would have been, and a great portion will not be damaged more than 10 per cent. This will diminish the estimated loss of the Insurance Companies of our city to a comparatively small amount. The engine of the ALLEGHENY is being taken to pieces and will be wholly saved. The propeller lies inclined to the water about 45 degrees, and so far up on the beach as to preclude any possibility of saving the hull. Her hull is not very badly broken, and contains but little water.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 29, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $200,000
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Alleghany (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1855