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Cleveland (Propeller), U4376, sunk by collision, 22 Jun 1866

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CLEVELAND Propeller, sunk by collision with Bark MARIA MARTIN, near Detroit River, June 1866. Raised and repaired. Property loss, hull $11,500 cargo $20,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

CLEVELAND Propeller of 375 Tons, owned at Cleveland by N. T. Co. Bound from Cleveland to Chicago, sunk at the mouth of Detroit River, Lake Erie, by collision, June 1866. Loss to ship, $8,000 Insurance $6,000 Loss to cargo $7,500 Insurance on cargo $3,000
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873. U. S. Coast Guard Report

The Propeller CLEVELAND, of the Northern Transportation Co's Line, was sunk at the mouth of the Detroit River last night by collision with the Bark MARTIN. The propeller was cut through and sunk in 10 minutes in 20 feet of water. The CLEVELAND will probably be raised. Since the above was written we have received the Detroit Post, which contains the following details of the Disaster.
As the CLEVELAND, Capt. W.H. Williams, bound for this city from Ogdensburg, with a large cargo of merchandise and 80 passengers, neared the point, above designated, a tug was seen ahead, which subsequently proved to be the McCLELLAN, with the MARIA MARTIN in tow. As the vessels were passing each other, the line by which the MARTIN was being towed broke, causing her to swing around and strike the propeller about midships on the port side. Being heavily loaded and under considerable head way, she struck the propeller with such force as to cause her to almost fill and sink within 10 minutes, in about 20 feet of water.
      The passengers were all in bed at the time, and the crash of the timbers and the rush of the water awakened them only in time to permit their gathering the clothing immediately and positively requisite, and reach the deck in safety, where, through the exertions and presence of mind of Captain Williams, the first mate, Mr. Burke, Chief Engineer, and James Richardson, Steward, they were transferred to the MARTIN, which at the time of the collision swung alongside.
      Six only were injured, and all save two, left at Malden for medical treatment, were subsequently transferred to the ILLINOIS and brought to this city. The two left at Malden were also brought up at a late hour yesterday on the PEARL.
      Toledo Blade
      June 23, 1866

The Detroit Post learns that Capt. Keating, General Agent of the N. T. Co's Propeller Line, has made arrangements for raising the propeller CLEVELAND.
      Toledo Blade
      June 26, 1866

      STEAMER CLEVELAND. - This propeller, sunk some days since by collision with the bark MARTIN, near the mouth of the Detroit River, is to be raised by Messrs. Marsh & Co., of Boston, owner of the wrecking tug RESCUE. The contract is to deliver the wreck into a dry-dock here for $10,000, failing to do which, no pay. - Detroit Free Press, July 4.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 6, 1866

      THE CLEVELAND. - The N. T. Co's propeller CLEVELAND, which was run into and sunk at the mouth of the Detroit River, early in the season, has been repaired and has assumed her place in the line. - Leader.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      WEdnesday, October 3, 1866

Steam screw CLEVELAND. U. S. No. 4376. Of 461.82 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $11,500
Cargo: $20,000
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.081944 Longitude: -83.125555
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Cleveland (Propeller), U4376, sunk by collision, 22 Jun 1866