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Alleghany (Propeller), U379, aground, 24 Oct 1856

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Propeller ALLEGHANY, cargo wheat &c., ashore at mouth of Milwaukee River, jettisoned, lightened and got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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The gale was severe all day yesterday, and the waves in the bay presented a grand sight to those who chose to face the driving rain to look at them. The wind blew from the eastward until towards evening, when it veered to the northeast, and came in with greater violence.
      The new propeller ALLEGHANY, built here last winter, had the hardest fate. She was bound down with a cargo of wheat, etc, from Chicago, in trying to come in she struck the bar in the trough of the waves, and swung over against the inside of the south pier, and she lay there pounding badly at 5 o'clock. Her cargo was already partly thrown overboard, and the vessel seemed to be in great danger. - Milwaukee Sentinel, 25.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 28, 1856

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PROPELLER ALLEGHANY - This vessel, says the Chicago Tribune of the 3rd., sunk inside the Milwaukee piers, was pumped out on Saturday, and will be got of when the wind shifts. She is a good deal injured, and her cargo a total loss. Her flour, in large quantities, washed ashore at Port Washington and other places, and was stolen by the people as fast as it came ashore.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 5, 1856

PROPELLER ALLEGHANY -- The workmen engaged in raising their propeller from her sunken condition, have got a sectional dock under the timbers which reach through the vessel's gangways, and it looks as though they might lift her up by tomorrow. It will be recollected that she split her stern post and burst her bilge, last fall. The repairs that are to be laid out upon her, after she is raised, will consume two or three weeks. ---- Mil. Wis.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 8, 1857
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They were getting the ALLEGHANY upon the sectional dock brought up from the yard for the purpose of repairing her bottom, &c. They hope to get her two steam pumps at work lighting her today. - Milwaukee News, 4th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, April 9, 1857

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      The Milwaukee Sentinel says the capsized propeller ALLEGHANY was righted on Sunday morning last, and goes now into the boxes for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, April 17, 1857

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PROPELLER ALLEGHANY - This fine propeller wrecked last fall, and half under water all winter, is nearly repaired and ready for service again. She forms quite a prominent object in the river, sitting high out of the water on the "boxes," and shining with new paint. We wish her better luck next time. - Milwaukee Sent.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, June 6, 1857

Steam screw ALLEGHANY. U. S. No. 379. Of 601 tons gross. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1856. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION. -- Stranded Summer Island, Lake Michigan, Oct., 1896. Refloated but found unfit for service. Abandoned 1897.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868 . . . . .

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $33,000
Freight: wheat &c.
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Alleghany (Propeller), U379, aground, 24 Oct 1856