The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Water Witch (Propeller), broke machinery, 7 Jun 1862

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WATER WITCH Propeller, broke machinery on Lake Superior.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1863. Casualty List, 1862

DISASTER TO THE WATER WITCH. -- The steamer ILLINOIS arrived this morning from Lake Superior, bringing important intelligence from that locality. By two passengers from La Pointe the following particulars were received relative to a disaster which befel the propeller WATER WITCH. On Saturday, the 7th inst., when twelve miles out from La Pointe, on her trip up, she broke her shaft and shattered her stern, so that she commenced filling rapidly. Our informants were unable to tell the amount of damage done. It was necessary, however, to keep her pumps going to keep her afloat, and which, as they reported, they would have been unable to do had not her water-tight bulkheads kept the water from the fires, which enabled them to keep her pony pumps going. She was towed to La Pointe by seventy-five oarsmen, and it is averred had she been ten miles further out she must inevitably have gone down. --- Detroit Advertiser
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, June 17, 1862

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 46.7791 Longitude: -90.78657
William R. McNeil
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Water Witch (Propeller), broke machinery, 7 Jun 1862