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City of Detroit (Propeller), sunk, 10 Jul 1868

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Propeller CITY OF DETROIT, sank near the entrance to the Detroit River (from Lake Erie), after striking an obstruction, she sprung a leak then filled and sank near the NILE wreck. She was bound down from Milwaukee with a cargo of 22,800 bu. corn. Vessel to be raised as soon as possible. (condensed)
      Detroit Free Press
      July 11, 1868 (Burton Hist.Coll.)

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Yesterday afternoon at about 4:00 the prop. CITY OF DETROIT, downward bound struck some impediment at or near the head of the Detroit River, and immediately commenced leaking so rapidly that it was found necessary to run her immediately into shoal water, which was done, and on reaching the locality of the NILE wreck sank in a few minutes after. The DETROIT cleared from Milwaukee on the 8th, having on board 22,800 bushels of corn, the greater part, if not all, of which will be damaged. Measures are being taken to save what is possible of her cargo. She is owned in this city by C.S. Blodgett, and plies between Buffalo
and Chicago. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 14, 1868 3-4

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      PROPELLER 'CITY OF DETROIT' SUNK. -- About four o'clock Friday afternoon the propeller CITY OF DETROIT, bound from Milwaukee to Buffalo with a cargo of 22,900 bushels of corn, struck an obstruction near the head of the Detroit River, tearing a hole in her hull, and causing her to sink in a few minutes, but not until she had been run into shoal water. She sunk near the wreck of the old propeller NILE. Her cargo is badly wet, and must suffer heavy damage. It was shipped by Daniel Newhall Esq. of Milwaukee, and is insured for $20,000 in the Security and Western Companies - $I0,000 in each. As soon as word was
received in Detroit, a steam pump was sent to the assistance of the disabled boat, and it was thought that she would be got up and into port on Saturday. She is owned by C. S. Blodgett, of Detroit, and has plied between Buffalo and Milwaukee during the past two years.
      The Chicago Tribune
      Tuesday, July I4, 1868
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      The stmr. CITY OF DETROIT which unfortunately sunk opposite the upper part of the city a day or two since, by running on a sunken wreck in Lake St. Clair, has been got up, and is now having the residue of her cargo taken out at Hurd & Co.'s drydock this morning, when her damages can quickly be repaired. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 15, 1868 3-3

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IN DOCK. -- The propeller CITY OF DETROIT was floated warly yesterday morning, and taken to the elevator, where a portion of her cargo was taken out of her. Thence she was taken into dry dock, where her repairs are being attended to. She will soon be in readiness to leave again. --- Detroit Tribune, 14th.

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Freight: corn
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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City of Detroit (Propeller), sunk, 10 Jul 1868