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Acme (Propeller), U297, sunk, 4 Nov 1867


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Propeller ACME, foundered off Dunkirk.
      Marine Disasters 1867, Lake Erie
      Toledo Blade December 21, 1867

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      Propeller ACME, a total loss during the year 1867.
      List of Total Losses for 1867
      Detroit Free Press, Dec. 25, 1867

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      THE GALE SUNDAY NIGHT.
      LOSS OF LIFE AND THE PROPELLER "ACME"
      Although the gale that occurred on Sunday night, did no material damage in our city, we are unable to say the same of the lakes; it having proved very disastrous to the shipping.
      The magnificent propeller ACME, of the Western Transportation's line, encountered the gale in all its strength, and foundered 15 miles from Dunkirk. When Capt. Dickson found that he could not save his vessel, he ordered his men to take to their life boats, which they did. Part of their crew landed at Dunkirk and the rest of them landed at Silver Creek. The ACME had no passengers. The men arrived here on board the Revenue cutter COMMODORE PERRY last night from Dunkirk.
      The brig GEN. WORTH, owned by Messrs. Richardson & Rosenbury, of this city, foundered off of Barcelona, and the debris was going ashore at that port. Fears are entertained for the safety of the crew.
      The schooner SUPPLY is ashore at Port Colborne; no particulars.
      An unknown vessel is reported sunk above Sturgeon Point. Nothing has been heard from her crew.
      A schooner went ashore at Black Rock.
      The schooner ATLANTA had a narrow escape from foundering; but reached this port safe yesterday morning.
      The bark P.S. MARSH had two sailors washed overboard and drowned, near Grand River. Their names are Cyrus Gates and Frederick Pierce, the former mentioned is from Indiana, but the residence of the other is unknown.
      We shall no doubt, before many hours have passed, receive tidings of fresh disasters. The seamen say that they had the roughest time on the lakes during the gale than they ever experienced.
      Buffalo Daily Post
      Tuesday, November 5, 1867

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Propeller ACME of the Western Transportation Company, foundered 20 miles off Dunkirk. The propeller was built by George Hardison at Buffalo in 1856, and rebuilt 1863, of 762 tons burden. She carried a cargo of 2,274 barrels of flour, 236 barrels of beef, 334 green hides; 26 bbls sheep pelts, 10 bbls oil; 70 bags timothy seed; 200 tiercin lard, 958 tiercin beef. No lives were lost
      Toronto Globe
      November 5, 1867


      The Wreck of the ACME
      From the Buffalo Express, Nov. 5.
      The ACME left Chicago on the 29th ult., and passed Detroit River about 10:30 on the morning of Sunday, the wind being fresh from E.S.E. She passed Point Pelee at 7:00 A.M. of the same day, when the wind hauled around to the south. Running under the south shore, smooth water was reached and the vessel began to make headway in company with the propeller NEW YORK, also bound for Buffalo. Steering along this course until 4:00 P.M. of Sunday, smoother water was reached and a lee under the south shore. When about 6 miles off land, opposite Ashtabula, the wind began to blow hard, but the vessel was tight up to 11:30 Sunday night, at which time the wind suddenly shifted to W.N.W., making a very heavy cross sea. The boat commenced to labor badly in the trough of the sea, shipping large quantities of water. At midnight she was rolling and straining terribly, and the exhaust pipe gave way wholly, and the main steam pipe partially, being probably twisted off by the rolling of the vessel. It was thus impossible to get more than 20 pounds of steam, and the boat became unmanageable, falling again into the trough of the sea, the water running all through her.
      All hands were speedily at work at the pumps or engaged in throwing over the cargo, the entire crew laboring as if for life. An attempt was made with the jib to get the boat before the wind, but it failed, and the captain let go his anchors and endeavored to bring her head to the wind, only however partially succeeding by the aid of the engine. The water soon reached the fires, the wheel stopped and the boat again swung into the trough.
      About 8:00 yesterday morning, when off Dunkirk, it became evident that the vessel must go down and the boats were lowered. At 8:58 the water had reached the main deck, and the crew left the doomed ship.
      In one boat were Capt. William Dickson and 8 men, in another first mate Valentine Jones, 10 men and a passenger, and the other Jarvis Wiley and several men, 28 in all.
      At this time the wind and waves were falling somewhat, and the boats pulled off for shore 15 miles distant. The propeller a few moments later went down stern foremost in deep water. The first boat landed at Dunkirk about noon, another (the Captain's) 4 miles below Dunkirk, and the other, containing the second mate, at Silver Creek.
      The propeller ACME was built in 1856 by Geo. Hardison of this city, and was largely repaired in 1863, being in good condition at the time of her loss, and being rated B 1. On the register she appears as 762 tons burthen. She was owned by the Western Transportation Co., valued at $45,000 and was insured for $33,00 in the following companies:
      Underwriters Agency $10,000
      Phoenix of Brooklyn $5,000
      Security of New York $5,000
      Corn Exchange of New York $5,000
      Home, New Haven $5,000
      Mercantile Mutual, New York $3,000
      Total . . . . . . . . . $33,000
      The cargo of the ACME consisted of 2,274 bbls. flour, 236 bbls. beef, 344 green hides, 26 bdls. sheep pelts, 10 bbls. oil, 70 bgs. timothy seed, 200 tcs. lard and 958 tcs. beef.
      During the afternoon, a telegram from Westfield was received in this city, stating that a wreck was lying 6 miles off Barcelona, and 2 miles out in the lake, the crew being on the wreck waving a white flag, as a signal of distress.
      Supposing this might mean the ACME, Capt. Dorr telegraphed to the U. S. steamer MICHIGAN at Erie to go to the assistance of the wrecked vessel.
      Dunkirk, November 4 - The last boat of the prop. ACME has just arrived, having on board Capt. Dickson and 9 of his crew. The mate of the ACME says that she filled with water in about one hour after they abandoned her. She was loaded with beef and flour and bound for Buffalo.
      Detroit Post
      November 7, 1867

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      Capt. Kelly, of the prop. ATLANTIC, informed us on Saturday evening that he passed the ACME at about 2:00 on the morning when she foundered. He says she was laboring heavily, and he could have thrown a heavy line on board of her, but she did not seem to
require assistance. After passing her a short distance Capt. Kelly remarked to his mate that the ACME had broached to, as her lights were no longer discernible. The ATLANTIC could not have gone to the assistance of the the unfortunate vessel as the wind increased, and Capt. Kelly had all he could do to take care of his own vessel. - Toledo Blade.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 12, 1867 3-5

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      A part of the ACME's cargo--600 bbls. flour, 170 bbls, lard, and a bbl. of oil--have been recovered. She sunk in 200 feet of water.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Monday, November 11, 1867

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      PROP. ACME. -- The wreck of this vessel lies in 130 feet of water, and in all probability no effort will be made to raise her. Most of her deck cargo has gone ashore.
      Toledo Blade
      November 12, 1867

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      We are informed by Coroner Richards, who returned from Angola yesterday, where he has been for the last few days superintending the recovery of the deck load of the prop. ACME, that the gang of men employed to bring ashore the barrels of flour and lard which were afloat along the lake coast for several miles, had succeeded in securing about 600 barrels of flour, 170 barrels of lard and a barrel of oil up to yesterday. The Coroner also informs us that about 350 barrels of flour were floated off, the wind suddenly changing on Thursday. The greatest exertion were required to bring the floating barrels ashore, the sea being very heavy while the work was in progress.
      The ACME is sunk in about 200 ft. of water. A large portion of the cargo in the hold consists of barrels of beef and other provisions. There is also a considerable sum of money in the safe. Efforts will probably be made to raise the vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 9, 1867 3-1

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The Coast wrecking stmr. RESCUE, Capt. Cotton, arrived at this port Wednesday night from Port Huron with a quantity of freight just recovered from the prop. WABASH, lost over a year ago off Lexington. The cargo thus saved consists of a few hogsheads of glassware, such as globes and chimneys for lamps, all in good order and a few car wheels, leather, etc. etc., which are landed at A. Cheesborough & Co.'s warehouse. The idea of recovering the wreck has been long since abandoned. The RESCUE left here this morning to visit and recover if possible a number of wrecks sunk in Lake Erie, among them the schr. QUICKSTEP at Long Point Cut and W.S. KEITH there also; the prop. TONAWANDA, which was sunk off Buffalo last fall; the prop. ACME off Dunkirk; the schr. SARAH E. HUDSON (new) off Point Abino, and the brig OXFORD, with a cargo of railroad iron sunk near Mohawk Island by collision with the prop. SPAULDING. - Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 24, 1871

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      WRECKING. - The wrecking steamer RESCUE, which left Detroit on Thursday, will visit, and if possible, recover a number of wrecks sunk in Lake Erie, among which may be mentioned the schooners W.S. KEITH and QUICKSTEP, at Long Point Cut; also the propeller TONAWANDA, which was sunk off Buffalo last fall; the propeller ACME off Dunkirk, the schooner SARAH E. HUDSON, off Point Abino, and the brig OXFORD, with a cargo of railroad iron, sunk near Neward Island, by a collision with the propeller SPAULDING.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 22, 1871


Steam screw ACME. U. S. No. 297. Of 762 tons. BuiltBuffalo, N.Y., 1856. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. - DISPOSITION -- Lost 1867.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
     

Propeller ACME, of 762 tons. Built Buffalo 1856 by George Hardison. Owned by the Western Trabsit Co. Home port, Buffalo. Value $25,000. Class B 1. REMARKS:-- Large repairs in 1863.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1866
     


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: beef, flour &c.
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1867
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McN.W.8583
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English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
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William R. McNeil
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Acme (Propeller), U297, sunk, 4 Nov 1867