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Northern Michigan (Propeller), sunk, 17 Nov 1856


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Propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN, cargo provisions, sprang a leak on Lake Ontario, and put into Genesee River, sank on 'bar' Got up.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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Another Propeller Sunk - Narrow Escape of the Crew. - The propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN, of Crawford & Co's Line, sunk about 11 o¹clock last night on the bar at the mouth of our harbor. She was bound from the Upper Lakes to Ogdensburg with a cargo of beef and pork, and left the mouth of the Welland Canal yesterday morning.
When 40 miles from this port she broke her shaft box and began to leak very fast. It was with great difficulty that the crew of the disabled vessel succeeded in keeping her afloat. There was a heavy sea running which rendered her condition still more critical. Fortunately the propeller GRANITE STATE came in sight and was hailed by the captain of the NORTHERN MICHIGAN. He took the disabled vessel in tow and headed for Genesee River, arriving here as above. The GRANITE STATE did not succeed, however, in getting her in. The NORTHERN MICHIGAN had so much water in her that she struck on the bar just inside of the piers and settled down with her deck barely above water.
The GRANITE STATE could do no more and left the sunken vessel. She lies in a critical position, exposed to the force of the sea when the wind blows from a northerly direction.
A schooner was alongside this morning and the crew were busy in removing the deck load of the propeller. If weather permits the NORTHERN MICHIGAN will no doubt be raised soon and brought in. Her cargo is one not liable to great damage.
      Rochester Daily Union
      Tuesday, November 18, 1856

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      ANOTHER PROPELLER SUNK
      Narrow Escape Of The Crew. - The propeller NORTHER MICHIGAN, of Crawford & Co.'s Line, sunk about 11 o'clock last night on the bar at the mouth of our harbor. She was bound from the upper lakes to Ogdensburgh with a cargo of beef and pork, and left the mouth of the Welland Canal yesterday morning. When 40 miles from this port she broke her shaft box and began to leak very fast. It was with great difficulty that the crew of the disabled vessel succeeded in keeping her afloat. There was a heavy sea running which rendered her condition still more critical. Fortunately the propeller GRANITE STATE came in sight, and was hailed by the captain of the NORTHERN MICHIGAN. He took the disabled vessel in tow and headed for Genesee River, arriving here as above. The GRANITE STATE did not succeed, however, in getting her in. The NORTHERN MICHIGAN had so much water in her that she struck on the bar just inside of the piers, and settled down with her deck barely above water.
      The GRANITE STATE could do no more, and left the sunken vessel. She lies in a critical position, exposed to the force of the sea when the wind blows from a northerly direction. A schooner was alongside this morning, and the crew were busy in removing the deck load of the propeller. It the weather permits, the NORTHERN MICHIGAN will no doubt be raised soon and broughht in. Her cargo is one not liable to great damage. - Rochester Union of yesterday.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 19, 1856

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The Sunken Propeller. - The schooner ELIZA WILSON was alongside the propeller NORTHERN MICHIGAN early yesterday morning, and her deck load was speedily transferred to the schooner. After taking off a good part of her cargo, and by the aid of pumps, the sunken propeller floated and was brought to the pier. The leak in her stuffing box was so far stopped that steam was put on, and she left last night for Ogdensburg.
Her cargo, or so much of it as the ELIZA WILSON took off, was transferred to the steamer ONTARIO, which vessel also went to Ogdensburg last evening. The NORTHERN MICHIGAN had a narrow escape. Her crew and owners may count themselves fortunate. When the leak in the stuffing box commenced, the propeller was forty miles from this, - the only port her officers could hope to reach - and a gale was blowing. The water gained upon the crew in spite of their labors at the pumps, and when there was found four feet of water in the hold, the fires went out. A signal of distress was put up, and fortunately the GRANITE STATE came to relieve them, and did in fact save the propeller. Had not aid been at hand, the propeller must have foundered in a short time and the crew would have had to depend upon a small boat for their safety - a poor dependence in a gale with a heavy sea running.
      Rochester Daily Union
      Wednesday, November 19, 1856


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,800
Freight: provisions
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1856
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McN.W.2846
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Northern Michigan (Propeller), sunk, 17 Nov 1856