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Free State (Propeller), aground, 30 Sep 1871


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Propeller FREE STATE, cargo flour and grain, on White Shoals, and a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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PROPELLER ASHORE. - We learn from a dispatch to Captain E.P. Dorr that the propeller FREE STATE, belonging to the W. T. Company's Line, and laden with a mixed cargo of barley, flour, &c., bound down, is ashore on Gray's Shoal, about thirty miles from Mackinaw. She is full of water. The tug MAGNET has gone to her assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 2, 1871

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      On the 30th. of September 1871, the steamer FREE STATE, 949 tons burthen, of Buffalo, while on her voyage from Chicago to Buffalo, and during the prevalence of thick weather, struck on Grays Reef, in Lake Michigan, and was totally lost, together with her cargo. Vessel valued at $40,000; cargo $37,000. No lives lost, and, from such information and evidence as could be obtained, no blame attached to the officers of the vessel.
      "Hist.,of lake Navigation"
      the Marine Record, Feb. 17, 1887 p.6

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      THE STRANDED PROPELLER FREE STATE. - We learn from Captain Drake, of the W. T. Co.'s propeller ONEIDA, which arrived here last night, that he visited the FREE STATE, ashore at Graham's Shoal, near Mackinaw, on Monday afternoon last. He reports that one of the FREE STATE's arches is broken, and that she is humped up in the middle. The stern seemed movable. During Monday night a severe gale prevailed, and Capt. Drake thinks it must have used her up. The grain is all spoiled and part gone. The wrecker MAGNET was alongside, taking off the rolling stock, and a vessel was also anongside taking what grain she could recover.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 5, 1871

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THE FREE STATE ABANDONED. - The propeller FREE STATE, ashore near Mackinaw, has been abandoned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, October 7, 1871

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      The propeller FREE STATE, which had been abandoned before, has broken entirely up and disappeared.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 23, 1871

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DISAPPEARED. - A visit was made by the steamer MAGNET, a day or two since, to the wreck of the propeller FREE STATE, lost a short time since in Mackinac Straits, with a view of recovering her machinery, but on reaching the locality not a vistage of the wreck or engine was anywhere visible.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 9, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $40,000
Cargo: $37,270
Freight: flour & grain
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1871
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Local identifier:
McN.W.6183
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.80001 Longitude: -85.25035
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Free State (Propeller), aground, 30 Sep 1871