The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Portsmouth (Propeller), sunk by collision, 4 Oct 1853

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PROPELLER PORTSMOUTH SUNK. - The Express learns from Mr. Charles Walker,
the Clerk, who arrived here last evening, that the propeller PORTSMOUTH, while lying
in Gravelly Bay for the storm to subside, was run into about 6 o'clock yesterday morning,
by a three-masted schooner hailing from Hamilton. The vessel had her anchor lowered
and hanging to her cat-head; the schooner struck the PORTSMOUTH in her side, under
water, which stove a large hole, and she soon filled and sunk in 14 feet water. The PORTSMOUTH was bound for Sandusky and Toledo with nearly a full cargo of
merchandize. Those for Sandusky were on her main deck and will not be damaged; the
goods in her hold will all be damaged more or less. The Underwriters in this city were
making arrangements last evening to proceed at once to the spot and raise her.
A tug having on board a steam pump, was sent up to Gravelly Bay this morning to
bring the propeller PORTSMOUTH to this port.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, October 6, 1853

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The propeller PORTSMOUTH which was run into and sunk in Gravelly Bay, was
pumped out and brought to this port for repairs this morning.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, October 8, 1853
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October 4, 1853, Propeller PORTSMOUTH, ran into and sunk by schooner POMOMA
in Gravelly Bay---cargo merchandize. Property loss $15,000.
      Casualty List for 1853
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, January 5, 1854

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.873333 Longitude: -79.255555
William R. McNeil
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Portsmouth (Propeller), sunk by collision, 4 Oct 1853