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F. W. Backus (Propeller), sunk, 1 May 1861

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BACKUS, F.W. Propeller, cargo supplies, broke stuffing box off Copper Harbor, Lake Superior, got into Port and sunk.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List 1861

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The propeller BACKUS, is reported ashore near Copper Harbor, Lake Superior. We have no further particulars. She left Chicago a few days since loaded with supplies for Lake Superior. Since the above was in type we have received the following:
FROM LAKE SUPERIOR. -- The propeller F. W. BACKUS, Capt. Childs, sunk in Copper Harbor, caused by spring a leak outside, and was afterwards ran ashore inside, opposite the village, where she now lies; her cargo, consisting of supplies, mostly damaged. Capt. Childs of the BACKUS, came down on the CITY OF CLEVELAND to the Saut for steam pumps, and returned with the same on board the tug ECLIPSE,. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 18, 1861

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,100
Cargo: $1,200
Freight: supplies
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.47129 Longitude: -87.8715
William R. McNeil
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F. W. Backus (Propeller), sunk, 1 May 1861