St. NICHOLAS Propeller, ashore at Sleeping Bear. Property loss $25,000
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty list)
The propeller St. NICHOLAS, Capt. May, of Hamilton, C. W., is ashore on Sleeping Bear, and will probably go to pieces.
The St. NICHOLAS left Racine Harbor Nov. 20th, at * A. M., for Kingston, C. W., loaded with 10,050 bushels of wheat, wind N. W., and a heavy sea. On the 21st at 2 A. M., called at Port Washington for wood. At 4 A. M. left. -- Wind South, thick with snow. Encountered very tempestuous weather until 22d, when she sprung a leak at 1 A. M. Water commenced gaining upon engine pump, and the hand pump was got under way by the deck hands -- at 2 the water was over the ceiling -- ashes of furnace became mixed with water, and engine pump chocked up and stopped; commenced bailing with buckets; water still gaining being within a few inches of putting out the fires. At 3 o'clock it was thought prudent to put before the wind, in order to get near land. At 5:30 made land. She was not gaining on the water, and at 6 o'clock the engine stopped. At this time the crew insisted on running the propeller ashore to save their lives. With broken chairs, bottom boards of berths, &c., a little steam was again raised, in order, if possible, to save the boat, but the fire was again put out and the engine stopped working.
Steam was afterwards raised once more, and she steamed along the shore. The weather was so thick with snow, it was impossible to see only a very short distance ahead. Finding it impossible to get to the Manitous, the water gaining continually, she was run on under a slow steam. The crew had become almost completely exhausted by toil. Part of the crew rushed to the boat without Capt. May's consent, in order to gain the shore, and one man, the steward, was lost. The wind and sea increased at noon (the 23d) and the propeller was driven broadside to the shore. The drowned man living near Hamilton.
She is insured for $4,000 in the corn exchange.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Tuesday, December 1, 1857
Another Propeller Lost - We regret to learn that the propeller St. Nicholas, of Hamilton, with a cargo of wheat, for Messrs. Walker & Berry, of this city, was totally lost a few days ago, on the long point of land jutting into Lake Michigan, called the "Sleeping Bear." The Captain and crew were all saved.
kingston Daily News
December 3, 1857
Steam screw St. NICHOLAS. Official Canada No. 33486. Built Cape Vincent, N.Y., 1853. Of about 115 tons gross. Ex U. S. until 1855. 129 x 24 x 11. DISPOSITION. - Wrecked Feb. 1858
Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships, 1809 to 1930