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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Oct 1857

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Propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, (C), collided with schooner JESSIE in Straits of Mackinaw, propeller sunk, total loss. Property loss $32,00. (for both ?)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

NOTE :- * OLIVER CROMWELL raised by the Boston Wrecking Co. Aug. 25, 1871.

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      The propeller MICHIGAN, which touched here yesterday from Chicago, brought the captain (Paterson) and crew of the propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, which had been run into and sunk by some unknown vessel, near Middle Island. The stern of the CROMWELL was almost entirely carried away; and the crew had barely time to escape by the small boats before she went down. She was owned by Walker & Berry of Kingston, and was bound from Chicago with a full load of flour and grain for Montreal. The vessel with which she collided was bound up, and it was during a dense fog that the disaster occurred. The CROMWELL was valued at $19,000.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 17, 1857

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      DISASTERS. -- On Monday morning last, between 2 and 3 o'clock, the schooner JESSIE collided with the propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, in the south passage of the Straits, a little below Old Mackinaw. Both are Canadian vessels. The schooner was bound for Chicago. The propeller sunk in about 20 minutes, and, with her cargo, will be a total loss. The schooner had her cut-water carried away. The night was clear, and no lives were lost, all hands having taken to the boats. Our informant, Capt. Shaver, of the GOLD HUNTER, was distant about 20 rods when the accident occurred, and immediately put his vessel about to render assistance. The JESSIE was towed into the river here on Friday night. We are told that the CROMWELL is quite well known on the lake for collisions. In June of last year she wrecked the propeller E. P. DORR in Saginaw Bay. -- Chicago Press, 19th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 20, 1857

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A wrecking expedition under the charge of Capt. Falcon, is about to proceed to the wreck of the schr. ACTIVE, sunk at South Manitou harbor, and from thence to the prop. OLIVER CROMWELL sunk some 12 years since at Au Sauble Pt.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 19, 1871 3-4

Barge OLIVER CROMWELL. U. S. No. 19372. Of 291.62 tons gross; 276.47 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1872 Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885 [ unrigged vessels]

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.19251 Longitude: -83.3272
William R. McNeil
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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Oct 1857