The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nellie Torrent (Propeller), U130206, capsized, 1 Aug 1883

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On Sunday, about noon, the steambarge NELLIE TORRENT capsized and waterlogged near the mouth of the harbor. Too heavy a deckload of shingles was no doubt the cause of the trouble. Divers are engaged upon getting her ready to be pumped out and set afloat again. Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      Aug. 16, 1883

Captain Falcon, the diver, will batten the hatches of the sunken steambarge NELLIE TORRENT today, and a steam-pump will then be put in operation on board. It is reported that she will be in dry-dock tonight or tomorrow. Most of the deck-load of shingles was saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Sceapbook, August / December, 1883

The steambarge NELLIE TORRENT, recently sunk, came out of dry-dock yesterday and discharged the cargo in her hold. Some recalking was all that was found necessary to do. The whole cost of raising and repairing, however, will foot up a considerable sum. The TORRENT will be ready for sea again tomorrow.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Sceapbook, August / September, 1883
Steam screw NELLIE TORRENT. U. S. No. 130206. Of 326.47 gross tons; 276.76 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1881. Home port, Manistee, Mich. 140.0 x 28.0 x 10.0. Of 175 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: capsized
Freight: shingles
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Nellie Torrent (Propeller), U130206, capsized, 1 Aug 1883