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Illinois (Propeller), sunk by collision, 22 Sep 1854

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ILLINOIS Propeller and Steamer PACIFIC, collided on Lake Michigan. Property loss $6,00 (both vessels ?)
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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PROPELLER ILLINOIS SUNK.---The following telegraph dispatch was received in
this city on Saturday morning, from Capt. Dickson, of the ILLINOIS, dated
      Chicago, 23rd. Sept.
The propeller ILLINOIS, left this port yesterday for Buffalo, and when three
miles out, was run into by the steamer PACIFIC, striking her near her larboard
gandway, and stove her in. She put about and returned to her dock, and sunk in
nine feet water. She had on 10,000 bushels corn on freight.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, September 25, 1854

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      THE PROPELLER ILLINOIS.---We were shown a letter yesterday morning,
received by the part owners of the ILLINOIS from Capt. Dickson, which states that
the propeller is all stove to pieces and will require to be built up anew from the
waters edge. Her damage will probably amount to $10,000 or $12,000. Captain
Dobbin left yesterday to look after the interest of the insurance company, and the
propeller will probably be brought to this port to be repaired.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, September 27, 1854

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      RAISED. - The propeller ILLINOIS, which by an unlucky collision was sunk
a few days ago at Chicago, has been raised and taken into dry dock there for
repairs. She will be brought to this port to complete them.
      The cargo, or the greater part of it, of the propeller ILLINOIS will be
brought to this port by the propeller DUNKIRK.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, September 30, 1854

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      PROPELLER "ILLINOIS"---We learn that the propeller ILLINOIS, which was
injured by collision with the steamer PACIFIC, is not nearly so much damaged as
was reported. She left Chicago for Milwaukee, on Thursday last, and would take in
a part cargo at that port, and will be down here today. Her repairs will be completed
here and will not probably amount to more that $3,000 or $4,000
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, October 3, 1854

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PROPELLER "ILLINOIS"---This propeller, which sustained considerable injury by
collision with the steamer PACIFIC, near Chicago, some weeks since, and which
has been undergoing repairs at this port, has had them completed, and will haul
round to her dock, today, and commence loading for Chicago.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, October 16, 1854

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Illinois (Propeller), sunk by collision, 22 Sep 1854