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Champlain (Steamboat), wrecked, 1 May 1840


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The steamer CHAMPLAIN has gone ashore 4 miles south of St. Joseph high and dry. She is broke amidship. Several trunks belonging to passengers were lost overboard. The gale was blowing strong on Sunday night from the North-East; the time when the CHAMPLAIN went ashore. The schooner MINERVA SMITH was boxing about during the gale, she lost nearly all her deck load and put into St. Joseph in distress. She arrived this morning in port bringing the Captain and crew of the CHAMPLAIN.
There was a blow on the Eastern shore of the lake last Friday in which the GOV. MASON went ashore at the mouth of the Muskegon River, a total wreck. ---- Daily American.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1840
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Gale on lake Michigan.--They had a severe gale on Lake Michigan on the 3rd.inst. The Chicago American says it is supposed that the Steamboat CHAMPLAIN had been driven ashore near St. Joseph, as she was seen near there when the gale came on.--LATER The American of the 6th. says the Steamboat CHAMPLAIN is ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, high and dry, and broke amidships. Several trunks belonging to passengers lost overboard. (part)
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Wednesday, May 13, 1840 p.3 col.1

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The ADELAIDE, afterwards called the ECLIPSE, ran during the season of 1837. In the fall of that year she was seized at Detroit for a violation of the revenue laws, and her name was changed to CHAMPLAIN. She was afterwards wrecked at New Buffalo, in 1840. Built Chippewa 1830 of 230 Tons..
      "Trade And Commerce"
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 26, 1847

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NEW STEAM BOAT -- " QUEEN ADELAIDE " built by Robert Hamilton, Esq ., and other gentlemen, to ply between Chippewa and Amherstburg, on the British coast of Lake Erie, was launched on Saturday last, and will commence her regular trips very shortly.
      Kingston Chronicle
      June 23, 1832

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      The CHAMPLAIN -- The well known Steamboat ECLIPSE, has been very generally overhauled and refitted the past winter, and comes out this season a neat, good conditioned craft, bearing the name of CHAMPLAIN.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, April 10, 1838

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The Steamboat CHAMPLAIN has been seized by the collector of the Port of Detroit.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Thursday, December 13, 1838

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CHAMPLAIN Steamer, built Chippewa, Ont. 1830 as ADELAIDE, changed name to ECLIPSE 1837c. Wrecked Lake Michigan 1847.
      Prelm. List of Canadian Merchant Vessels

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NOTE :- A Great Deal of difference regarding the end of the CHAMPLAIN exists. The"Lytle-Holdcamper"List gives it as Abandoned in 1841

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      VESSELS WRECKED ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
      Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
      Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
      (here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
      Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
      Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
      Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
      Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
      Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
      Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
      Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
      Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
      Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
      Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
      Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
      Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
      Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
      Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
      Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
      Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
      Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
      * Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
      Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
      Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
      Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
      Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
      Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
      Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
      Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
      Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
      Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
      Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
      Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
      Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
      Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
      Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
      Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
      Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
      Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
      Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
      Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
      Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
      Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
      Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
      Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
      Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
      Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
      Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
      Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
      Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
      Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
      Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
      Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
      Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
      Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Total Value $512,000
      Total number of lives lost 288
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, February 9, 1848

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Reason: wrecked
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: included
Date of Original:
1840
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Local identifier:
McN.W.9741
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.79393 Longitude: -86.74392
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Champlain (Steamboat), wrecked, 1 May 1840