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Lady Elgin (Steamboat), aground, 26 Jun 1858


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Steamer LADY ELGIN, stranded on a rock at Copper Harbor, got off. Property loss $7.500.
      Buffalo Commecial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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The stmr. ILLINOIS came in last evening from Lake Superior, bringing the intelligence of the probable loss of the steamer LADY ELGIN, plying between Chicago and ports on the lake. Last Saturday evening about 7:00, when on her
way up, in attempting to make Copper Harbor, she struck upon the reef and immediately filled. The weather was very foggy at the time, and it was impossible to see any distance ahead. She sunk so that nearly the whole length of the boat rested upon the reef, the water at the bow being 15 feet deep and some 9 feet at the stern. Unless she is got off, she will go to pieces in a very short time. She was insured in 7 different companies to the amount of $32,000,
belonging in the Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia and New York.
      At the time of the disaster, she had on but few passengers, and a small load of provisions and 50 cattle. The passengers were landed without difficulty, and the freight, including the cattle, was all saved. The clerk and part of the crew came down on the ILLINOIS.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 1, !859


FROM LAKE SUPERIOR. - STEAMER LADY ELGIN WRECKED. -- The steamer ILLINOIS, Capt. Fraser, arrived yesterday from Lake Superior, bringing intelligence of the loss, at Copper harbor, of the steamer LADY ELGIN, of Chicago. The ELGIN ran on the rocks at Copper Harbor, on Sunday last, about 7 P. M., striking almost on the same spot, where the propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR was wrecked nearly two years ago. She was bound up, and was trying to enter the harbor during a thick fog, which was the cause of the disaster. When she struck she swung around on the rock broadside to the shore, with about three-quarters of her hull firmly on the reef, commenced leaking, and immediately filled. She had a light load of provisions, cattle, &c. all of which was got safely on shore. When the ILLINOIS left, she had about 8 or 9 feet of water in her hold, with 9 feet at her stern, and 18 feet at her bow. Her clerk and part of her crew came down on the ILLINOIS, and left for Chicago by the M. C. R. R. last evening. She is insured for $32,000 her full value, in seven different companies, located in Chicago, Buffalo, New York, and in Philadelphia. --
Detroit Adv.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      July 2, 1858
     
     
WRECK OF THE " LADY ELGIN." - The Detroit Advertiser has the following particulars of the loss of the steamer LADY ELGIN on Lake Superior:- The ELGIN ran on the rocks at Copper Harbor, on Saturday last, about seven o'clock P.M., striking almost on the same spot where the propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR was wrecked nearly two years ago. She was bound up, and was trying to enter the harbor during a very thick fog, which was the cause of the disaster. When she struck, she swung round on the rock, broadside to the shore, with about three-quarters of her hull firmly on the reef, commenced leaking, and immediately filled. She was bound up, with a light load of provisions, cattle, &c., all of which was got safely on shore.
When the ILLINOIS left, she had about 8 or 9 feet of water in her hold, with 9 feet at her stern, and 18 feet at her bow. Her clerk and part of her crew came down on the ILLINOIS, and left for Chicago by the M. C. R. R. last evening. She is insured for $32,000 her full value, in seven different companies, located in Chicago, Buffalo, New York, and in Philadelphia.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Saturday, July 3, 1858

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"The LADY ELGIN was got off the rocks Sunday evening, the 4th. and run on to the beach, where the hole (just forward amidships) was stopped. She left in company with the SALVOR, Monday night with two steam pumps working, for Chicago dry-dock. - (part)
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Monday, July 12, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: cattle, goods, &c
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1858
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Local identifier:
McN.W.3616
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.47129 Longitude: -87.8715
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Lady Elgin (Steamboat), aground, 26 Jun 1858