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Bucephalus (Propeller), sunk, 1 Jun 1854

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BUCEPHALUS Propeller, struck a rock and filled at Lexington, Lake Huron. Property loss $15,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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PROPELLER BUCEPHALUS SUNK. -- By a telegraphic despatch, information was received on Saturday that this propeller had sunk in 10 feet water, near Lexington Pier, about 20 miles above Detroit. Having, as is supposed, struck a rock. She will be got off without material damage, and a part of the cargo saved. She was loaded with flour and corn, for P.S. Marsh, of this city. Both the cargo and boat are insured. We also learn that the steamer OCEAN Saturday evening carried up a steam pump for the purpose of raising her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 26, 1854
Buffalo, June 24. The propeller BUCEPHALUS was beached and sunk in lake Huron while on her passage down, with a valuable cargo of flour and corn. It is thought that she will be got off. The loss is covered by insurance.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Tuesday, June 28, 1854
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      We learn from a private despatch, received from Detroit, last evening, that the propeller BUCEPHALUS has been raised and taken into that port for repairs. She went into dry dock yesterday, and may be expected here in a few days.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, July 1, 1854

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      PROPELLER BUCEPHALUS - The Detroit Free Press, June 30th, says that "the propeller BUCEPHALUS which, for several days past, has been ashore on Lake Huron, arrived at this port last night, in tow of the steamer PEARL. The BUCEPHALUS will go into dry dock here as soon as she can be lightened of a part of the water in her hold.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 3, 1854

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      The propeller BUCEPHALUS was taken out of dry dock, at Detroit, Friday morning. She is in as good sailing condition as ever, and is taking on a cargo for this port.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 10, 1854

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      The propeller BUCEPHALUS, Capt. Alexander, arrived here yesterday morning from Detroit. She has been thoroughly repaired since her submersion at Lexington Pier, and is now in as good condition as ever.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, July 11, 1854


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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
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Bucephalus (Propeller), sunk, 1 Jun 1854