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Nile (Steamboat), burnt, 5 Sep 1850


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Steamer NILE, burned by an incendiary September 5, 1850, at Milwaukee.
      Casualty List for 1850
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      The steamer NILE, was burned to the water's edge at Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon last. There was no insurance on her. Her furniture and most of her engine had been previous taken out of her for repairs.
      Daily Queen City, Buffalo
      Friday, September 6, 1850

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      Steamer NILE of 642 tons, built 1844. Stranded near Milwaukee November 3, 1849; razed and refloated; stranded while under tow and burnt September 6, 1850 at the mouth of the Milwaukee River. Total loss.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 - 1868, Lytle-Holdcamper List

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RAISING THE NILE. - Caleb Harrison, says the Milwaukee Sentinel of Saturday, has undertaken the job of raising the hull of the old steamer NILE, which has lain imbedded in water and mud, undisturbed, for the past eleven years. The preparatory work of raising has progressed successfully, and today Mr. Harrison expects to have her in Wolf & Lawrence's dry dock, where she is to be rebuilt a a propeller, or sail vessel, as may be decided upon. We understand that Mr. Harrison has refused $5,000 for the old hull since he commenced raising. Pretty good evidence that it is not worthless.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 13, 1860

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      THE STEAMER NILE RAISED. - In the year 1849 the steamer NILE went ashore at the foot of Huron Street, Milwaukee, and sank. She was afterwards raised and towed into the mouth of the river, where she remained until the summer of 1850, when the vessel was fired, burned and sank. After remaining in the water ten years, she has been again raised, and towed up the river to the dry dock, where the process of rebuilding will be undergone. The timbers are said to be sound.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 15, 1860

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RAISING THE NILE - Caleb Harrison has undertaken the job of raising the old steamer Nile, which has lain embedded in water and mud undisturbed for the past eleven years. The Nile, it will be remembered by those who resided here at the time, was burned and sunk at her dock in this city in the year 1849.* The scene of the disaster was about a half a mile below Jones' old shipyard, near the mouth of the river - a portion of the city now completely inundated. The hull was stripped of the engines, machinery and everything of value that escaped destruction by the fire, but the present is the first attempt that has ever been made to raise it. In her day the Nile was noted for her great strength, and other good qualities, and singular as it may appear, it is said that her timbers are to this day perfectly sound. The preparatory work of raising has progressed successfully, and by to-day Mr. Harrison expects to have her in Wolf and Lawrence's dry-docks, where she is to be rebuilt as a propeller, or sail vessel, as may be decided upon. We understand that Mr. Harrison has refused $5,000 for the old hull since he commenced raising her - pretty good evidence that it is not worthless. - Mil. Sent., 10th.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 15, 1860

*Actually, on September 6, 1850, she caught fire and burned to a total loss, along with a warehouse and dock. The fire was suspected to be arson. She had gone on the beach in a gale in October of 1849 and had recently been refloated after a long salvage effort. While being towed into the harbor for her repairs, she was torn loose by a storm and ran aground again. She was raised once more and towed to Sweet's warehouse dock near Jones' shipyard, where this fire occurred. Her burned-out remains were auctioned off in 1852. - Dave Swayze note

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss ? ?
Date of Original:
1850
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Local identifier:
McN.W.9089
Language of Item:
English
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Nile (Steamboat), burnt, 5 Sep 1850