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Sultana (Steamboat), aground, 23 Jun 1856


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SULTANA Steamer, ashore on Fox Island, Lake Michigan, lighted and tugged off, towed to Detroit and docked.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31,1857 (casualty list)

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      STEAMER SULTANA SUNK. - A despatch to Capt. D.P. Dobbins, from Capt. Barse, of Detroit, states that the steamer SULTANA, Capt. Appleby, was ashore in Big Fox Bay, Lake Michigan, scuttled and full of water. The SULTANA was on her way down with flour, fish, &c. No further particulars.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 25, 1856

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      Steamer SULTANA Ashore.---Rescue of passengers. - The steamer SULTANA, Capt. Appleby, bound down from Green Bay with passengers and full freight, got aground on the Upper Fox Island last Wednesday night about half past ten o'clock on the shoal about a quarter of a mile west of the Island. We learn the following particulars from Mr. Wm. H. Scantlin, of this city, who was on board as a passenger, - The SULTANA left Green Bay Wednesday morning and Washington Harbor in the afternoon, having on board about 35 passengers and a freight of fish and flour for Cleveland and Buffalo. About 6 o'clock she encountered a heavy fog, and at ten o'clock she ran hard upon the shoal of the Fox Island, having only eight feet of water under her bow, and about nine or ten feet at her stern. Every effort was made during the night and all day thursday, to work her off, but without success. On that afternoon Patrick O'Brien, the first engineer, while at work in the engine, was struck on the head by the centre beam, which broke during the severe working of the engine in efforts to get off, and was severely injured. He was taken up senseless and was
thought to be dead; but on carrying him into the saloon, he recovered a little, and his injury was found not to be so serious as to endanger his life. No vessel came within hailing distance through that day, except one bound for Milwaukee. This vessel offered to take the passengers thither, which was declined. In the afternoon of Friday, about half past 10 o'clock, Mr. Lewis, check clerk, Messrs. J. Dunn, Wm. H. Scantlin and another passenger, got into the life-boat and put out in search of relief.
      They rowed all day until eight o'clock in the evening, under a burning sun, towards Manitou Island and Grand Traverse, making some 45 miles. They met the propeller KENTUCKY, but she was loaded and bound for Chicago. At night they fell in with the propeller TROY, Capt. Warren, at Grand Traverse; he, on hearing the facts, promptly and cheerfully put about, took the four on board and went to the SULTANA.
      The passengers were all taken off by the TROY Friday night, as were Mrs. Appleby, the Captain's wife, O'Brien the wounded engineer, and Oliver Scovill, Clerk, and brought to Mackinac and Detroit. Mr. Scovill stopped at Mackinac, intending to go to Chicago for a tug to assist in getting the steamer off.
      The conduct of Capt. Warren and his officers is highly spoken of by all; their kindness and attention could not have been more cordially and promptly bestowed. On leaving the TROY at Detroit, the passengers gave Capt. Warren and his associates three cheers in token of their gratitude, and have signed a letter of thanks. - Cleveland Plaindealer.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 26, 1856

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THE SULTANA. - We learn today that the steam tug DORR had been started for the relief of the steamer SULTANA. A private despatch from from Mr. Scoville, from Chicago, so announced to parties interested. - Cleveland Herald
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 27, 1856

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      THE SULTANS. - We learn from Capt. Bagnall, that the case of this steamer, ashore at the Big Fox, is nearly hopeless. She is hard on amidships, her machinery disabled, and all efforts to haul her off thus far have failed. It is expected that in case of a blow, she will go to pieces. Her freight has been taken out.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
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STEAMER SULTANA RAISED.- We were shown a letter on Saturday by Captain Dobbins, received from Captain Barse at Detroit, which states that the steamer SULTANA had been pumped out and raised, and she had reached that port in tow of the tug E.P. DORR, the tug brought her down from Mackinaw in 58 hours. She has been considerably damaged, and would have to go into dry dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 30, 1856

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      The wreck of the SULTANA was yesterday towed into port by the steam tug E.P. DORR of Chicago. The injuries she sustained are greater than was at first supposed. The SULTANA has gone into drydock in this city.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 28, 1856 1-3

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      We understand from Mr. Blanchard, steward of the stmr. SULTANA, that the damage to this steamer, sustained by her recent calamity, will amount to about $6,000. - Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sat.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 1, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: flour, fish, &c.
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2428
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.44083 Longitude: -85.87981
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Sultana (Steamboat), aground, 23 Jun 1856