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Evergreen City (Propeller), aground, 15 Nov 1871


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Propeller EVERGREEN CITY, ashore at Long Point; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      THE STORM ON THE LAKES.
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      The reports of the disaster to our lake marine in the recent storm are coming in thick and fast. In the marine column of this issue will be found the particulars of several serious accidents, some of which were attended with loss of life. But we fear that all the disasters have not yet been made known.
      On Lake Erie the storm raged with terrible fury for nearly forty-eight hours. The vessels that were caught near the south shore must have fared badly, unless they succeeded in making some port before the gale reached its height. At the present writing, the fate of twn persons on board of the stranded schooner MONTCALM is not known here. This vessel was discovered early Wednesday morning, about 500 rods from the shore, near Girard, flying a flag of distress. There being no boats in that vicinity, word was sent to Erie, and a boat and eight men were sent from the U. S. Steamer MICHIGAN, by rail to Girard, to assist in the rescue. But the shore near the scene of the disaster is very rocky and abrupt, and consequently the rescueing boat could not be launched. By this time the vessel had worked within 500 feet of the beach, and her foremast had gone by the board. A line was floated ashore from the vessel in the hope of working the yawl by its aid. The yawl, however, immediately filled on touching the water. Thus the day was spent in futile attempts to rescue the crew of the stranded vessel, and night set in with no hope of help until next morning. The storm continued to rage all night, with bitter cold weather, but whether the vessel hung together until the morning dawned we are not yet informed.
      Directly across the lake, another shipwrecked crew were at the same time battling with the waves for their lives. The fine bark P.C. SHERMAN, of this port, loaded with corn, while flying before the storm, struck some object near Long Point and went down very soon after. The crew took to the boats, and, after suffering great hardships, mad a safe landing on the south shore, near Brocton. The scow WILLIAMS, in attempting to make the port of Cleveland during the storm, struck the pier and sunk, taking down with her a wonam cook. On Long Point several vessels are reported ashore. One of these is supposed to be the propeller EVERGREEN CITY, of this port. Similar reports reach us from Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. In the latter case it is feared several lives have been lost.
      The effects of this storm have been widespread and very disastrous. The loss to the shipping on the seaboard, and on the other side of the Atlantic, has also been very great. At the present it is impossible to estimate the full amount of damage that has been done.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1871

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AFFAIRS AT LONG POINT. - The propeller EVERGREEN CITY is ashore eight miles west of Long Point Light, and full of water.
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      WRECKING EXPEDITION TO LONG POINT. - Capt. Rice thinks that the EVERGREEN CITY and schooner RESOLUTE will be total wrecks
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, November 18, 1871

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      THE EVERGREEN CITY. - A wrecking expedition was to go from here last night to the stranded steamer EVERGREEN CITY at Long Point. The tug GARDNER was to go from here, and the tug U.S. GRANT was orfered from Detroit to meet them.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 23, 1871

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THE EVERGREEN CITY. - This vessel, ashore at Long Point, has gone to pieces.
Considerable of her outfit has been saved, and it is thought quite probable that her engine may also be saved.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 27, 1871

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      Tugs GARDNER and ANDERSON left early yesterday morning for Long Point to
commence operations on the wreck of the EVERGREEN CITY.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 25, 1872 2-9

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The steamer EVERGREEN CITY, 797 tons burden, of Buffalo, while on her west-ward bound voyage from Buffalo, on the 18th. of November, 1871, went ashore in a gale on Long Point, Ontario. The vessel and cargo was considered a total loss. Vessel valued at $12,000; cargo $2,000.
      "Hist.,of Lake Navigation"
      Marine Record
      February 17, 1887 p 6

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Cargo: $2,000
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1871
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McN.W.6380
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Evergreen City (Propeller), aground, 15 Nov 1871