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Wabash Valley (Propeller), aground, 16 Sep 1860


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Propeller WABASH VALLEY, collided with the Propeller MINERAL ROCK, and to prevent her from sinking she was run aground on Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron. Pumped out and taken to Detroit. Damage to former $3,500; to the latter $2,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)


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      Sarnia, C. W. Sept. 19. - The propeller WABASH VALLEY, from Sarnia for Chicago, collided with an unknown propeller 20 miles south of Thunder Bay Islands, Sunday night. After the collision the Captain ran the boat on the reef to prevent her sinking. The Clerk arrived here this morning and says the boat will be a total loss unless assisted immediately. The Captain and crew remain on board.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, September 19, 1860

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COLLISION - The Detroit Advertiser of yesterday says: The propeller WABASH VALLEY, which passed here a day or two since, bound for Chicago, collided with some unknown steamer, by which her stem was broken off, causing her to commence leaking badly. The Captain, fearful of her sinking, ran her towards shore, and in so doing she fetched up on a reef of rocks some 20 miles south of Thunder Bay, where she now lies. The Clerk has already arrived in this city, and doubtless measures will immediately be taken to save her if possible.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 21, 1860

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      The OSWEGO has been chartered to go to the assistance of the propeller WABASH VALLEY, which is ashore on a reef in Lake Huron, and has left Detroit for that purpose with steam pumps and other necessary apparatus with which to get her off.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, September 24, 1860

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      THE WABASH VALLEY. - We have already stated that this propeller has been towed into Detroit. The Free Press of that city says: Her damages though serious, are not as much as they were at first apprehended. Her bows are stove
in from her forefoot to the upper part of the stem, the arch on the starboard side being broken towards the aft end. Besides this, she is considerably damaged amidships. By placing a canvass jacket under her bows, and with the aid of three steam pumps she was kept afloat until she reached here. It will probably cost not less that $4,000 to make good all damages. She goes into Clark's dry dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, September 26, 1860

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      THE WABASH VALLEY. - The VALLEY will be once more ready for action by Tuesday night, says the Detroit Tribune, and will, doubtless, leave at once for Chicago. The expenses, including getting her off, and repairs, amount to nearly
or quite thirty-two hundred dollars.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 9, 1860

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      COLLISION CASE. -- We cut the following from the Detroit Free Press of the 11th. inst.: -- "The United States District Court, now in session, is engaged in trying the important collision case between the propellers WABASH VALLEY and MINERAL ROCK, which occurred on Lake Huron in September last. The former vessel was owned in Chicago, and was bound, and was bound from Port Sarnia to that place. The MINERAL ROCK was one of our Lake Superior fleet, and was bound from here to Portage lake. The WABASH VALLEY was sailed by Captain S.W. Morgan, under whose charge she was recently lost near Muskegon, Lake Michigan by mistaking that light for the light of Grand Haven.
      "Geo. B. Hibbard, of Buffalo, and Alfred Russell, of this city, appear as counsel for the MINERAL ROCK, and H.M. Emmons and John S. Newberry, of this city, for the WABASH VALLEY. The amount involved being large, the case will attract much attention.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 14, 1861
     
     

      The Collision Case. -- The suit pending for several days in the U. S. District Court, at Detroit, between the owners of the propellers MINERAL ROCK and WABASH VALLEY, have been settled. Each party is to pay half the damages sustained by the collision, with reservation as to rights of insurance companies.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 17, 1861


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,500
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1860
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McN.W.4096
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Wabash Valley (Propeller), aground, 16 Sep 1860