The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 Oct, 1874

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HEAVY LOSSES - The following comprises the principal losses sustained by the Northern Transportation Company's Line, now the Central Vermont line, since it first came into existence in 1857*, The company have lost one steamer on every alternate season since the first commencement of operations, and the amount of property thus sacrificed, the value of the cargo included, amounts to $959,450, which falls short of the actual amounts, which if fully compiled, would be about one million of dollars. In addition there are numerous small losses, shuc as ashores and collisions with slight damages:


Henry Clay, cargo flour, lost in Lake Erie, 19 lives, $25,000.
City of Oswego, sunk by steamer America in Lake Erie, $70,000.
Vermont, burned with a cargo of flour, Grand River, C.W., $22,000.


Young America, cargo corn, sunk in St. Lawrence River, $20,000.
Boston, total loss, collision with a vessel on Lake Ontario, $50,000.


Bay State, sunk with merchandise at Chicago, $40,000.
Western Michigan, collision with brig Northumberland in Lake Michigan, $2,000.
Vermont, ashore on Chickeolnee Reef, $24,000.
J. W. Brooks, lost with all hands, (22 lives) in Lake Ontario, $75,000.
Northern Michigan, sunk in Genesee River; $1,000.


Michigan, broke her shaft and lost wheel in Lake Huron, $2,000.


St. Lawrence, damaged in St. Lawrence rapids, $3,150.


Lady of the Lake, burst her boiler and sunk in Lake Erie, a total loss, with two lives, $16,000.
Jefferson, struck on Erie bar, broke rudder, etc., $600.


Prairie State, burned at Oswego, $15,000.


Buckeye, damaged by fire at Detroit, $5,000.


Jefferson, ashore in a fog on Lake Erie, $4,000.
Michigan, ashore at St. Helena, Lake Michigan, $3,000.
Bay State, foundered and all lost in Lake Ontario, $50,000.


Vermont, collision and total loss with propeller Marquette on Lake Erie, $40,000.
Ontario, ashore on West Sister, Lake Erie, $2,000.


Prairie State, cargo flour and wheat, sprung a leak and sunk near Malden, $4,000.
Ogdensburg, collision and total loss with schooner Snow Bird, on Lake Erie, $50,000.


Buckeye, struck a rock and sunk in St. Lawrence River; $8,000.
Cleveland, collision with bark Maria Martin in Detroit River, $20,000.
Empire, ashore at Pultneyville, 200 barrels of flour lost, $3,000.
Wisconsin, burned and total loss, with fifty lives, on Lake Ontario, $70,000.
Oswego, ashore on Lake Erie and total loss, $30,000.
City of Boston, collision with propeller Milwaukee; both sunk near Mackinaw Straits; $70,000.
Propeller Prairie State, ashore at head of Lake Erie; threw over cargo, $3,000.


Michigan, ashore at Long Point, Lake Erie, $4,000.
Maine, exploded near Ogdensburg; four killed; $5,000.
Lowell, ashore at Long Point, $4,000.


Akron, burned 5 miles above Alexander Bay, Lake Ontario, $35,000.


Young America, ashore and total loss on Lake Ontario, $20,000.
City of Boston, ashore and total loss, near Frankfort, Lake Michigan, with cargo, $70,000.
Brooklyn, exploded in Detroit River; total loss with fourteen killed; $40,000.

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*1851 The year dividers for the vessels shown as lost in 1865 are missing. The CLEVELAND wreck occurred in 1866, EMPIRE and WISCONSIN in 1867, CITY OF BOSTON in '68, PRAIRIE STATE, '69. N-T was purchased by Vermont Central RR in 1870. Other major wrecks, such as the burning of the steamer LOUISVILLE on Lake Michigan in 1857 and the collision with OGDENSBURG that sent the passenger str ATLANTIC to the bottom of Lake Erie IN 1852, are not shown.
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28 Oct, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 Oct, 1874