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Delaware (Propeller), aground, 1 Nov 1855

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DELAWARE Propeller, cargo provisions, ashore at Sheboygan. Property loss, Vessel, $15,000 Cargo, $20,000. 10 lives lost.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Jan. 11, 1856 (Casualty List)

Chicago, Nov. 7. -- The propeller QUEEN OF THE LAKES reports a total wreck of the propeller DELAWARE, near Sheboygan, bound down with a full cargo of provisions from Chicago. Eleven lives were lost -- names unknown.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 8, 1855

      (From the Chicago Journal, Nov. 7th.)
      The DELAWARE, Capt. D.H. Dixon cleared from this port on Saturday last, and on Sunday afternoon left Milwaukee in company with the propeller OMAR PASHA and IOWA. On Monday morning it is thought, that she anchored off Sheboygan, and must have dragged or some portion of her machinery given out as she was driven ashore about eight miles south of Sheboygan, where she lay a total wreck as the LADY ELGIN passed, nothing but her arches being visible. It is rumored with too much of probability that her crew and passengers are all lost, though we can hope that the survivors will yet appear. From J.F. Clark, her clerk, who remained in this city on this the last trip of the propeller, we learn that her officers were as follows: --
      Captain D.H. Dixon, about forty years of age, has a wife and family residing in Alexandria, Jefferson County, N. Y.; First mate, T. Austin, has a wife in Detroit; Second mate, W. Williams, unknown; Patrick Shea, Steward, and Charles Hill, the cook, were unmarried men, and belonged in Buffalo, as did also the first engineer, Henry Shiner. The firemen and deck hands were some five in number, names unknown.
      Mr. Clark informs us that on Saturday evening a party of six persons, believed to be Germans, took cabin passage for Beaver Island. This will make a total of lives lost to be in the neighborhood of eighteen.
      The DELAWARE's cargo was as follows: N. Y. 834 green hides, for Gilbert & Pratt, Utica; 300 bbls and 18 half bbls beef for Gilbert & Van Antwerp, Albany, and 1300 bbls. beef for other consignees in Buffalo. 212 bbls flour J. Bennet, care of Cobb & Co., Buffalo. The propeller was about ten years old, and was recently purchased by Messrs. Davis & Sutton of Buffalo.
      She loaded in the Peoples Line, with the propeller OMAR PASHA, which being severely strained in the gale on Sunday night, sprang a leak and with difficulty made Sheboygan, where she lies sunk alongside the dock. She is thought to be badly damaged but will be got up.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, November 9, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: 10
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $20,000
Freight: provisions
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
William R. McNeil
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Delaware (Propeller), aground, 1 Nov 1855