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Minnesota (Steamboat), sunk, 28 Oct 1853


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Steamer MINNESOTA, struck rocks in Detroit River and sunk, cargo grain and flour, Got up. Cargo $14,600. Vessel $25,000. Property loss total $39,600.
      Buffalo Express
      January 2, 1854 (1853 casualty list)

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LOSS OF THE STEAMER MINNESOTA AND CARGO. - We learn from the officers of the propeller FINTRY, which arrived this morning from Detroit, that the steamer MINNESOTA, Capt. Bennett, bound from Chicago to this port with a large load of produce, went ashore on the rocks about half a mile above Malden, near the "Lime Kilns," in the Detroit River, on Thursday night last at 10:30. Her crew were brought down by the FINTRY. The MINESOTA was from Chicago, and had on board 10 bu. seed, 4,000 bu wheat, 16,000 bu oats, 700 bbls flour, and 8 or 9 tierces of rice. The oats and wheat were consigned to Lee, Abell & Co. The cargo will prove a total loss. The vessel was insured for $20,000. $10,000 in the Sun Office, and 10,000 with the Mutual Insurance Co.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, October 29, 1853

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      The steamer MINNESOTA, on her way from Chicago to Buffalo, with a cargo of wheat and corn, struck a rock beneath the surface of the river, 2 or 3 miles above Malden, on Thursday night, and sunk in about 4 fathoms water, leaving only her upper deck visible. What may be the extent of the damages to the boat and cargo, we have not learned, but we imagine it must be considerable. Efforts to raise her will be promptly made. The rock upon which she struck is well known to sailors on the lakes. We believe that no vessel has suffered injury, by running upon it, for several years past.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 29, 1853

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      We learn from the Chicago Democratic Press that the principal part of the cargo of the stmr. MINNESOTA, which sunk last Friday, a short distance this side of Malden, consisted of 24,836 bu. oats, 4,000 bu. wheat, and 180 bbls. flour, shipped by Mr. N.B. Ells, upon which there is insurance to the full amount of value, in four New York Companies: the New York Mutual, the Merchantile Mutual, General Insurance and Union Mutual. The remainder of the cargo, which consisted of 824 bbls. flour, owned by Messrs. Dole, Rumsey & Co., T. Richmond and Issac Sherwood, is insured for $700 in the Chicago Mutual, and $300 in the North-Western Insurance.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 1, 1853

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The Detroit Advertiser says that the owners of the MINESOTA are in town making preparations to raise that boat, which sunk a few days ago.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 2, 1853

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      The stmr. MINNESOTA, which sunk a few days ago, in consequence of running on a rock near Malden, is to be sold at Public Auction in this city, on Tuesday next. She now lies in the same position as she did immediately after sinking.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 11, 1853

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THE MINESOTA. - The Detroit Advertiser says that this boat was sold today where she now lies, on the rocks near Malden, for the sum of $4,500. The purchasers were W.F. Roelofson, Sylvester Larned, F. Backus, and E.A. Lansing.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 17, 1853

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THE MINESOTA. - The MINESOTA has been raised, and she was towed up to the dry dock at Detroit, Wednesday afternoon by the MAY FLOWER, which went down the river for that purpose. The hull of this steamer is said to be as sound as ever. ( a little premature ?)
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 24, 1853

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THE MINESOTA.- On Thursday afternoon, says the Detroit Advertiser, the canvas jacket for the hull of the MINNESOTA was got safely and securely in position under her; and she will probably be raised today, so that a gang of men can be put to work to get her cleared of the wheat with which she is still laden.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, January 9, 1854

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AFLOAT. -- The steamer MINESOTA, which was beached at Belle Isle, last fall, has been gotten afloat, and is on her way to the dry dock at Detroit.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, March 27, 1854

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      We understand that the Messrs. Ives, at the Dry Dock, have got the job of raising the MINNESOTA and taking her into their dry dock, and they have employed Mr. Quigley of Buffalo, an experienced diver to examine her hull. Mr. Quigley has been very successful with this kind of work, he having been employed to examine the hull of the AMERICA, where she got on the rocks at Erie last season. The MINNESOTA will probably be got afloat next week, at least such an event ought not to astonish anyone. -- Det. Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, April 24, 1854

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The Detroit Inquirer says: - The MINNESOTA has been taken to the dry dock at last. A 'jacket' was wrapped round her hull, and steam pumps kept flying, while the ARROW and MOHAWK, on Saturday, placed themselves on each side, and towed her down from Belle Island to the dock.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      May 11, 1854

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $25,000
Cargo: $14,600
Freight: grain & flour
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1853
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2278
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Minnesota (Steamboat), sunk, 28 Oct 1853