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Fashion (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jun 1854

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FASHION Steamer, ashore near Chicago. Property loss $5,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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SEVERE STORM. -- We are sorry to learn that the steamer FASHION went ashore about 3 o'clock this morning, nearly two miles below Rees' Hotel, and six miles distant from this city. From Mr. Henry Hawser, her mate, who had laid over here during the trip, and has just returned from a visit to her, we gather the following particulars of her disaster, and her present situation. During the heavy sea of yesterday forenoon, the outer flanges of her starboard wheel began to give way, and in a short time the wheel was entirely destroyed. After making vigorous attempts to keep on her way, some part of the machinery gave out, when off Waukegan, and her anchors were dropped, but held only a short time. After drifting and dragging for eight or nine hours, she was driven on a sandy beach, where she now lies, full of water, a few rods from shore. Her crew and passengers made their escape without difficulty. The sea is subsiding rapidly, and she will probably be got off with little expense. The FASHION has been unfortunate this season, this being her first trip since she was laid up with a broken shaft. -- Chicago Journal, 8th.
      Buffalo daily Republic
      Saturday, June 10, 1854

The U.S. Steamer MICHIGAN came in yesterday to Kellogg & Strong's pier from Chicago, en route for Green Bay. From some of the officers on the boat, we learn that they visited the FASHION, ashore this side of Chicago, and that it will take, in their opinion, two weeks to get her afloat, and that she is full of water, which has burst her deck. -- Milwaukee Sentinel
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, June 23, 1854

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The U.S. Iron Steamer MICHIGAN, Capt. Nichols, arrived at this port on Sunday afternoon, from a cruise to Green Bay. At Two Rivers, she succeeded in hauling off shore, after 24 hours exertion, the schooner STELLA, of Chicago.
On her passage hither, the MICHIGAN called to look at the steamer FASHION, which has been ashore north of this port, for about two weeks, and found that the men who had been at work on her during the past ten days, had succeeded in raising her out of the sand bed by means of spiles driven about her bows. Some heavy canvass was then drawn under her, a powerful steam pump from Milwaukee was set to work to free her, and having succeeded, the MICHIGAN took the disabled boat in tow and reached the port in safety.
The FASHION is now in the dry dock, and will be thoroughly repaired before she is again set afloat. The steamer is badly stove forward, and the upper works of the larboard side are considerably damaged from the action of the waves. --- Chicago Tribune
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, June 29, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Fashion (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jun 1854