IRON CHIEF Propeller, Home Port, Detroit. with a cargo of corn, sunk at Chicago March 15th. 1884. Loss to cargo $8,385. Loss to hull $1,716. Insured for $50,000. Vessel was raised.
Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
Cleveland Herald Nov. 28, 1884
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The steamship IRON CHIEF, which sunk in Chicago River Saturday night, with 11 ft. of water in her hold, is now lying at her dock in the Illinois River. About 20,600 bushels of dry corn has been taken out, and the damaged corn, consisting of 34,147 bushels, was sold at auction, Thursday. The bidding started at 10 cents per bushel and was run up to 33 cents when it sold to Gerstenberg & Co., of Chicago, buyer to remove the cargo from the vessel. The manner in which the damage to the propeller was caused is noy yet known. It is said that the leak is in the forward part of the vessel, and was caused by the vessel hitting in a rock or pile.
Buffalo Commercial ADvertiser
March 22, 1884 3-4
IRON CHIEF * Built July 12, 1881 Bulk Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 100287 1154 gt - 996 nt 212.0 x 35.0 x 17.0
Broke stern pipe and sank 10 miles northeast of Point Au Barques, Lake Huron, October 3, 1904.
*Built as schooner (1112 gt); completed as propeller, winter, 1881-82.
Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
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