The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Superior (Propeller), aground, 9 Nov 1857

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Propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR, stranded near Eagle Harbor, lake Superior, total loss. Property loss $47,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

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PROPELLER CITY OF SUPERIOR LOST. -- The Express of this morning says: "By telegraph from Detroit last evening, we get the following. The steamer MICHIGAN arrived on Sunday from Lake Superior. She reports that the propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR, with a valuable cargo of provisions and mining supplies for all the Lake Superior Ports, went on the rocks at the entrance of Copper Harbor, in a dense snow storm, last Monday morning, and will prove a total loss. The propeller was new, and valued at $50,000. She was owned by Hanna, Garriso & Co., of Cleveland, and insured for $30,000.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 17, 1857

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The shipyard of Laffrainer & Stevenson is the only one in Cleveland in which work is now going on. They have seventy men employed on a propeller to take the place of the CITY OF SUPERIOR, which was lost last year.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      January 16, 1858

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ARRIVAL OF THE NORTHERN LIGHT. - The propeller NORTHERN LIGHT, Capt. John Spaulding, arrived at her dock on Saturday at about four o'clock P.M. She brought down one hundred and seventy tons of copper, mostly from Portage lake, about 50 bbls. of fish, and the engine and other machinery belonging to the CITY OF SUPERIOR. (part of article)
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      June 7, 1857

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Steam screw CITY OF SUPERIOR. Of 578 tons. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1857. First home port, Cleveland, Ohio. DISPOSITION. -- Lost 1857, stranded Copper Harbor, Mich., Nov. 11, 1857.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: mining supplies
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.45713 Longitude: -88.15122
William R. McNeil
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City of Superior (Propeller), aground, 9 Nov 1857