SUPERIOR Barque, built Buffalo 1822 as the Steam Boat SUPERIOR, of 358 Tons, converted into a ship (1833 ) and lost at Michigan City in the fall of 1843.
" Trade And Commerce "
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
March 26, 1847
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SHIP SUPERIOR ASHORE. -- The ship SUPERIOR, Capt. Munson, was driven from her anchorage at Michigan City, on the night of the 21st inst. She was freighted with 5,000 bushels of wheat, which suffered but little damage, and was transferred to the propeller HERCULES. It was supposed that the ship would be a total loss, as the wind was blowing strong, and driving her on to the beach. By the way, ships are bad crafts to navigate the lakes. They cannot be managed so easily as schooners, and it is almost impossible for them to sail when the wind is unfavorable -- there being so little room for beating. But under the circumstances, it is not probable that a schooner would have escaped the fate of the SUPERIOR.
Buffalo Daily Gazette
October 31, 1843
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Loss of the Ship Superior (Correspondence of the Buffalo Commercial Advertise).
Michigan City, Oct. 23, 1843 - The Ship, Superior, Capt. Munson, is on shore! The vessel came into our harbor, or rather, where our harbor ought to be, and landed her freight in good order. She commenced loading with wheat, and had taken about 5,000 bushels on board. During Friday night the wind was strong, increasing almost to a gale towards morning, during which she parted her best bower, and went hard on shore, about 8 o'clock on Saturday morning, nearly bows on.
A strong wind and heavy swell have given her a pretty deep berth in the sand. To-day she is discharging her wheat into the propeller Hercules. It is not supposed to be damaged.
This noble ship has taken her station (I fear permanently) in line with a number of other wrecks west of our piers, which have shared a similar fate. If these vessels could be placed in the proper line of our piers, Buffalo alone would thus build us a harbor sooner than we could look for it by the aid of the government, so far as we can now perceive.
Thirteen to fourteen thousand bushels of wheat have been shipped during the past week.
Wheat in large quantities, continue to come in, notwithstanding a slight decline in price--52 to 54 cents per bushel, is the present price.
Detroit Daily Advertiser
November 3, 1843
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