The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Independence (Propeller), aground, 9 Oct 1852

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INDEPENDENCE Propeller, wrecked on Lake Superior, cargo supplies and merchandise. Property loss $20,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

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THE PROPELLER INDEPENDENCE. - The Lake Superior Journal says that this old settler upon the waters of Lake Superior is once more afloat. As will be recollected by many even a distance, it was run ashore on a sand beach a few miles from La Point, some time last season, during a very stormy and dark night and was abandoned--all supposing it could not be gotten off and would soon go to pieces. But, by dint of hard work and much time spent, Capt. McKay, one of the owners, has again brought it into this port, where it will undergo such necessary repairs as are requisite, and will resume its place in the Lake Superior fleet.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 10, 1853

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It was not thought that the propeller INDEPENDENCE, recently stranded in a gale on Lake Superior, could be got off, as she was fast settling in the sand. This will be a severe loss to Messrs. McKnight & Livingston, the owners, particularly at this season of the year and will occasion much loss to the merchants and traders, unless the weather proves more favorable.
      The steamer BALTIMORE was at the wreck taking off the cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 18, 1852

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Reason: aground
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 46.7791 Longitude: -90.78657
William R. McNeil
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Independence (Propeller), aground, 9 Oct 1852