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Brunswick (Propeller), sunk, 8 Aug 1856


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Propeller BRUNSWICK, cargo corn, started a leak in a gale on Lake Michigan, and sunk in deep water, lost one life.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      LOSS OF THE PROPELLER BRUNSWICK. - The propeller BRUNSWICK, of the Western Transportation Co's Line, bound from Chicago for this port, with 15,000 bushels of corn, consigned to Messrs. Fish & Avery, together with rolling freight, foundered on Lake Michigan, on Friday last. She went down about five miles from Manitou Island, in 60 fathoms water. Crew and passengers all saved except one man.
      The BRUNSWICK was not insured. She was three years old, and was valued at about $20,000. Her cargo, which was insured, consisted as follows: 15,000 bu., corn, consigned to Fish & Avery; 105 bbls and tcs lard and 75 tons old iron for the Western Transportation Co., all of which, together with the propeller, will be a total loss.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 12, 1852

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      THE BRUNSWICK. - A letter to Captain Dobbins, from Racine, says that the BRUNSWICK broke her wheel, and having no canvas to handle her with, she became totally unmanageable, and lay in the troughs of the sea until she filled with water, mostly from above, and went down. Only one life was lost, that of a passenger. The balance was saved by the boats. The gale was very severe. The KEYSTONE STATE, bound up, was obliged to lay by three days at the Beavers.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, August 14, 1856

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      The propeller BRUNSWICK was wrecked last Friday morning in a gale near the 'Manitous', the passengers and crew escaped in the boat, but one life was lost in making the landing. The steamer was owned by the Western Transportation Co.
      Milwaukee Daily Sentinel
      August 12, 1856

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      THE PROPELLER BRUNSWICK. -- Mr. Editor : The propeller BRUNSWICK which left Milwaukee on the 6th instant, sunk, as is known, on Friday the 8th. The sea was heavy, and a similar storm has not been known in that location for a long time. At 4 o'clock on Friday, the propeller sprang a leak, and in about an hour and a half the large amount of water in her hold put out the fires, at which time the boats were lowered. The long boat and the life-boat reached Sleeping Bear, the nearest land in safety; but the third boat in which were the captain and others, was swamped near the shore, and it was with difficulty they were rescued. The boat landed two miles above the other boats. They kindled a fire and prepared for the night, but not to sleep, all being wet through. Early next morning they started through the Island to a settlement ten miles distant. Part of the company reached there at a quarter past one P. M., while the rest did not arrive till sunset, the road being of dry sand, and every gust of wind scattered it hither and thither. At the settlement they repaired to a house where they took supper, which was the first they had eaten for twenty-four hours. On the following Sunday the schooner SCOTLAND took them to South Manitou, where they remained until Wednesday, when the propeller ILLINOIS, which runs in the same line as the BRUNSWICK, stopped and took them on board, and arrived in Buffalo on Saturday last. The passengers all speak in terms of the highest praise of Capt. Howland and the other officers. The passengers and crew parted on the deck, with moistened eyes, for, during the whole trip from Chicago, the tenderest associations sprung up between them.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      August 18, 1856

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $24,000
Cargo: $9,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1856
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McN.W.2463
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Brunswick (Propeller), sunk, 8 Aug 1856