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Detroit (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 26 May 1854


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Steamer DETROIT, and Bark NUCLEUS collide on Saginaw Bay, in thick fog. Steamer sunk in 30 fathoms. Property loss $25,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      February 28, 1855 (casualty list)



We learn by telegraph that about half-past eight o'clock Thursday night the steamer DETROIT was run into by the brig NUCLEUS in Saginaw Bay, and sunk. The wheelsman of the DETROIT had his leg broken. She was loaded with supplies for the Sault Canal Company. The ill-fated vessel went down in about half an hour after the collision. This is the eighth heavy marine loss on the lakes this season.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Saturday, May 27, 1854
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LOSS OF THE STEAMER DETROIT. -- At nine o'clock A. M., on Thursday morning last, the steamer DETROIT came in collision with the bark NUCLEUS, by which accident the DETROIT was stove in on her side, causing her to leak very fast. Every effort was made to keep the boat above water, but she sank in about an hour and a half after the accident, in thirty fathoms of water and about fifteen miles to the northward of Point aux Barques.
There was a very dense fog at the time of the collision, and neither vessel saw the other until too near to avoid the disaster. The DETROIT was under charter to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Company, and was partly loaded with hay and lumber for the Sault, and had in tow two large scows also loaded with timber for the Company. She was under the charge of Capt. Hubbell, who is in the employ of the Company. The DETROIT was owned by E.B. Ward. She was worth about $12,000, and is, of course, a total loss. ------- Detroit Tribune
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 29, 1854

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      LOSS OF THE STEAMER DETROIT -- FURTHER PARTICULARS. -- The Detroit Democrat learns by a hand who has just come down, that the steamboat DETROIT, which cleared from Detroit on Wednesday for Chicago, and was to take the place of the PACIFIC on the Milwaukee and Chicago Line, the latter being intended to take the place of the GARDEN CITY, came in collision with the barque NUCLEUS at 8 o'clock on Thursday morning, off Point au Barques, and sustained such injury that she sunk in thirty-five fathoms. The cargo and most of the furniture was lost, and it is probable that the boat will be a complete loss. Two of the hands on the DETROIT were severely injured, one of them having had his leg broken.
      Capt. Ward, of the RUBY, gives the following further particulars: At 9 o'clock, A. M., on Thursday morning the steamer DETROIT came in collision with the barque NUCLEUS, by which accident the DETROIT was stove in on her side, causing her to leak very fast. Every effort was made to keep the boat above water, but she sunk in about an hour and a half after the accident, in thirty fathoms water, and about fifteen miles to the northward of Point au Barque. There was a very dense fog at the time of the collision, and neither vessel saw the other until too near to avoid the disaster.
      The DETROIT was under charter to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Company, was partly loaded with hay and lumber for the Sault, and had in tow two large scows also laden with hay and lumber for the company, upon which her passengers and crew took refuge, and from which they were taken by the steamer GLOBE, and brought to Detroit. The DETROIT was under the command of Capt. Hubbell, who is in the employ of the company. The collision was so violent that the smoke pipe fell and crushed the wheel house, severely injuring the pilot and one other person. The DETROIT was owned by Capt. E.B. Ward, was valued at $12,000, and, not being insured, is a total loss.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, May 29, 1854


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: hay, lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1854
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McN.W.1662
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Detroit (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 26 May 1854