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Oneida (Propeller), U18888, sunk, 31 Oct 1883

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Intelligence was received in Chicago yesterday that the propeller ONEIDA had foundered on Lake Ontario in thirty feet of water. The passengers and crew were all saved. The ONEIDA was one of the Chicago and Ogdensburg Line steamers. She was damaged by fire last fall, and was rebuilt the past spring. She was originally built in Buffalo by Crosthwaite in 1862, and was owned by Captain McINNIS, her commander. Hull and cargo are insured.
      The ONEIDA left Chicago Tuesday last, bound for Ogdensburg as usual. Her catgo was 24,920 bushels of corn and various sundries. The cargo is insured in the "Big 4" companies. Ir was shipped by D.B. Linsted, the agent of the line here, and was destined for New England points.
      The steamer, in her time, was one of the most popular craft on the lakes. She was brought out new for the Western Transportation Company, Buffalo and Chicago, and ran on that line for years. Two or three years ago she was sold to her present owner, Captain McInnis. She ran in the Linsted's Collingwood line last season, and when Mr. Linsted changed the line to Ogdensburg, this spring, she went on that route. She measured 1,070 tons, calssed A 2½, and was valued at $35,000. The amount of insurance on the hull is $20,000, and is in the Hull Pool.
      Mr. Linsted's dispatches were seen by the reporter last night. The ONEIDA met with her disaster in the St. Lawrence River. She struck a rock five miles below Clayton, and went down in deep water. Her stern is in twenty-seven feet. Crew all safe. She had a cargo of 25,000 bushels of corn from Chicago, and a deck-load from Milwaukee, Gallup, Clark & Co., shipped 15,000 bushels of corn, and Reynolds Bros. 10,000 bushels. The insurance on the corn is as follows:
      Big 4 Companies - - - - - - - $13,000
      Chicago Cargo Pool - - - - - $6,000
      The insurance on the hull was placed in Buffalo.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

      Yesterday morning the passenger steamer ONEIDA, of the Chicago and Ogdensburg Line, which left this port on the 21st. of October for Ogdensburg, struck a rock in the St. Lawrence River and sank in twenty seven feet of water. There were no passengers on board, the crew made their escape in the propeller's yawlboat. The accident occurred about four miles from Clatyon, N.Y. and about twenty five miles this side of her port of destination. The news was telegraphed here several hours later, and created a sensation in marine circles. The ONEIDA was built at Buffalo in 1862, and rebuilt last spring at a cost of $16,000, her cabin and upper works having been destroyed by fire while in winter quarters at Collingwood. The owner, Captain McInnes, was also master of the ONEIDA and had an insurance of $25,000. Her cargo, which consisted of corn and merchandise, was insured for $19,000. - Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      November 1, 1883

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There is an unusual chapter of outside accidents reported. The propeller ONEIDA formerly of the Western Line, reported sunk at Clayton, Lake Ontario, is in bad shape. She is lying on her side with her bow in 10 feet of water and stern in 70 feet. She has a cargo of corn and merchandise bound from Chicago to Ogdensburg.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 2, 1883
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ONEIDA Propeller of 1070 Tons, and 21 years of age. Valued at $39,000. A total loss on Lake Ontario 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes 1883
      Marine Record
      December 27, 1883

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Propeller ONEIDA, sunk October 31, 1883. Value $90,000.. Loss $90,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe
      December 4, 1883

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( The wrecking Tug CONQUEROR struck the same rock as the propeller ONEIDA, near Rock Island Light, Thousand Island Park)
      Marine Record
      November 8, 1883

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      The failure of Capt. Young, of New York, to raise the prop. ONEIDA, which is sunk in the St. Lawrence River, has not discouraged other ambitous wreckers. A letter received in Chicago states that Capt. John Donnelly, the Canadian submarine diver and wrecker, had agreed to raise the propeller for $14,000.
Capt. Young lost a large amount of money by his failure.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 11, 1884 3-4
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The tug HECTOR brought in the wrecked propeller ONEIDA this morning.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 21, 1884

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      Capt. C.D. Chatterson has made an arrangement with L. & W.B. Dimick, owners of the propeller ONEIDA, to superintend her repairs and when finished to take command of her. She is to be ready for business in about a month. Captain Chatterson has just resigned as first mate of the stmr. S.F. HODGE of Ward's Line.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 28, 1884 3-4

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Steam screw ONEIDA. U. S. No. 18888. Of 1070.50 tons gross; 928.54 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 862. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 200.3 x 31.7 x 12.0.
      Merchant Vessel List U. S., 1885

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $39,000
Freight: merchandise/corn
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.23949 Longitude: -76.08578
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Oneida (Propeller), U18888, sunk, 31 Oct 1883