The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Painesville (Bark), aground, 5 Nov 1869

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CITY OF PAINSVILLE Bark, cargo coal; ashore 6 miles from Manistee; got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

The bark CITY OF PAINESVILLE, which went ashore about 8 miles below Manistee on the 5th inst., was taken into Milwaukee by the tugs G.W. WOOD and G.W. TIFFT on Sunday morning. The bark rested high and dry on the beach. The water upon the weather side of her bow was only 3 ft., while upon the lee side it was perhaps not over as many inches in depth. A steam pump was got on board at 1:00 P.M. Friday, and put in operation at 5:00. An hour and a half later she was free of water. The work of jettisoning her cargo then commenced, and while this was going on the WOOD dredged the channel through the sand to point abreast of the barks bow, when her pump became choked and she was compelled to haul off. At daylight Saturday, the TIFFT began dredging and by 11:00 had cut a channel as far back as the mizzen rigging. A hawser was now made fast to the bark and the work of pulling her off commenced. By 1:00 the TIFFT had started her between 60 and 80 ft. Then the WOOD took hold, and at 2:00 the CITY OF PAINESVILLE was afloat. This job of wrecking is one of the best performed on the lakes, reflecting the highest credit upon Capts. Crawford and Conaaul, and the two G.W.'s The CITY OF PAINESVILLE is badly hogged, twisted and strained and a large outlay of money will be required to make her as good as she was before the disaster.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 18, 1869 4-2

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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City of Painesville (Bark), aground, 5 Nov 1869