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Manhattan (Propeller), sunk by collision, 31 Jul 1851

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MANHATTAN Propeller and Propeller MONTICELLO came in collision near Whitefish Point, Lake Superior. Aug. 4, 1851. The MANHATTAN sunk to the waters edge.
      Casualty List for 1851
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      July 31, 1851. - Propeller MANHATTAN, sunk by caollision with propeller MONTICELLO, on Lake Superior - got up and repaired. Property loss, $9,000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 5, 1852
      Casualty List for 1851

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      About midnight July 31, the Propellers MONTICELLO, bound down and the MANHATTAN bound up, came in collision off Whitefish Point. The MANHATTAN was struck on her starboard, forward of her smoke pipe, she sank to her upper deck in a few minutes. No lives lost; passengers and crew taken off by the MONTICELLO, and the boat towed to source of St.Mary's River. No insurance on MANHATTAN. MONTICELLO uninjured. - Detroit Aug.6
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Thursday, August 7,1851

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      The Lake Superior Journal gives the following particulars of the collision between the propellers MANHATTAN and MONTICELLO.
The accident occurred at midnight, about 5 miles this side of Whitefish Point, and 35 miles above the Sault, the MANHATTAN being bound up, and the MONTICELLO bound down. There was a large pleasure party on board the MONTICELLO, and many of the passengers , were up at the time and were out on deck to see the other boat pass; but by some unaccountable mistake or misapprehension on the part of one or both, they came in collision; the MONTICELLO striking the MANHATTAN on the starboard side, about midships, and cutting through the narrow guard into the hull so far that she filled and sunk to her upper deck in less than ten minutes.
The passengers on the MANHATTAN were generally asleep, but by most wonderful good fortune they all succeeded in getting on board the MONTICELLO, and it is not known that a single person was lost or was seriously injured. The MANHATTAN had just left port on an upward trip, and had a large quantity of wood and pine lumber in her hold and on her lower deck, which prevented her from sinking altogether. In this condition she was towed back to a small bay at the mouth of the river, where she now lies. The most of the passengers left their baggage on the lower deck, which with much valuable property was lost, or buired for the present, several feet beneath the water.
Capt. Wilson is spoken of in high terms of praise for his conduct on this occasion, in affording every accommodation in his power to the distressed crowd of passengers from the wrecked vessel.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Friday, August 8, 1851

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THE MANHATTAN.---The propellers MONTICELLO and INDEPENDANCE, the day after the MANHATTAN was brought down to the mouth of the Ste. Marie River, proceeded together to the wreck and succeeded in raising it still further out of the water and bringing it more immediately into Waiska Bay, where it now lies. A larger number of men are employed in cutting timber and making preparations to get her entirely to the waters edge and setting her afloat once more, and it is to be hoped that they will succeed soon in putting her in order again.---Lake Superior Journal
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Friday, August 22, 1851

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $9,000
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76947 Longitude: -84.95258
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Manhattan (Propeller), sunk by collision, 31 Jul 1851