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City of Cleveland (Steamboat), struck Pier, 24 Nov 1860
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Steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, when entering Cleveland Harbor, struck the pier and carried away one of her wheels. Jetted cargo.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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      Cleveland, Nov. 24. - The steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, from Lake Superior, arrived tonight, leaking, with the loss of one wheel, and having jettisoned today 50 tons copper ingots from the Wyandotte, and 58 tons pig iron. Total value, $30,000. The copper ore is insured. Some flour in her hold is damaged.
      A small vessel, name unknown, went to pieces on the coast, a few miles west of here today. Crew saved.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 26, 1860

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      The Cleveland Herald gives the following account of the perilous condition of the steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND in the recent storm:
      When near Cleveland on Friday evening, the unfortunate steamer had to put about, and for twenty-four hours endure one of the most terrible storms that ever blew on Lake Erie. The snow, hard and cutting as particles of ice, dashed in the faces of the sailors, the heavy seas made clean breaches over the vessel smashing her bulwarks and badly wrecking her at every blow. Ice formed everywhere, so that icicles decended from the roof of the cabins, and sheet ice cased the floors. Costly mirrors, handsome furniture, lamps, vases, and all other elegant fittings of this beautiful steamer, were dashed to the deck in common ruin. The passengers clung together, expecting every moment to be their last. To add to the horrors of their situation, the fuel gave out, and the engines were kept going by burning some of the freight and portions of the furniture. At one time the steamer lay over on her side, and all hope was lost except by the officers, who never flinched for a moment. A quantity of heavy freight was thrown off, and she once more righted. When near Cleveland for the last time the larboard wheel dropped off and was lost, making it extremely difficult for the steamer to enter port. She now lies at the dock, and a visit to her can alone give a correct idea of the suffering and dangers of that terrible trip.
      When the CITY OF CLEVELAND was endeavoring to enter port, the Captain of the propeller OSWEGO made preparations to go to her assistance, and Mayor Senter at once guaranteed the amount of the propeller's insurance should harm come to her
in consequence. Fortunately her services were not needed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 27, 1860

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Reason: struck Pier
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,500
Cargo: $9.500
Freight: copper & iron
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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City of Cleveland (Steamboat), struck Pier, 24 Nov 1860