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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1854

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CROMWELL, OLIVER Propeller and Propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN collide at head of Lake Erie. Property loss $20,000 (for both ?)
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      The propeller OLIVER CROMWELL was built at this port and came out in the spring of 1853. She was named the DAYTON and was sold by Fitzhugh & Co., to Capt. Patterson and Wm. Anglin, of Kingston, C.W., who changed her name. She was loaded with wheat when she sunk. Capt. Bagnall left this port yesterday with a steam pump to raise her. She will probably be taken to detroit for repairs.
PROPELLER SUNK. --- The propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, of Kingston, C.W., came into collision with the propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN, off Point au Pelee, night before last, about three o'clock. The NORTHERN MICHIGAN belongs to Bancroft's Cape Vincent Line, and was bound for this port. The CROMWELL was run into Pigeon Bay, and sank in about 20 feet of water. The MICHIGAN sustained no material injury. ---- Detroit Free Press
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, September 26, 1854

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Capt. Bagnall returned from Malden yesterday, and informs us the the propeller OLIVER CROMWELL has been pumped out and raised, and will be here today for repairs.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, September 29, 1854

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The propeller OLIVER CROMWELL came into port yesterday morning, having discharged a portion of her cargo at Malden. The balance of her cargo--some 5,000 bushels of wheat, and 49 bales hemp, she brought here. She will go into Bidwell & Banta's dry dock, and be out again in a day or two. Her damage will not probably exceed $1,500. her cargo was consigned to Walker & Berry of Kingston, C.W., and was not insured. The wheat left at Malden was sold for 10 cents per bushel. The loss on her cargo will consequently be considerable.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, September 30, 1854

The propeller CROMWELL, which was sunk at the head of the lake a few days since, has been raised and came into port yesterday. She will go into dry dock for repairs.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Monday, October 2, 1854
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The propeller OLIVER CROMWELL which came in collision with the propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN, near Point au Pelee, some days since, has been repaired at this port and left yesterday for Kingston, C.W. with 12,000 bushels of corn.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, October 14, 1854

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Reason: sunk by collision
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Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1854