The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Champlain (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Mar 1840

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Gale on Lake Michigan.--They had a severe gale on Lake Michigan on the 3rd. inst. The Chicago American of the 5th. says the Schooner MEMEE lost her boat and jib-boom, the VICTORY her boat and foresail, and the DRIFT part of her deck load. It was supposed that the steamboat CHAMPLAIN had been driven ashore near St. Joseph, as she was seen near there when the gale came on. The sloop CLARISSA and the schooner MILWAUGIE, were driven ashore near Milwaukie.
      LATER. -- The American of the 6th says the steamboat CHAMPLAIN is ashore four miles South of St. Joseph, high and dry, and broke amidships. Several trunks belonging to passengers lost overboard. The schooner MINERVA SMITJ lost nearly all her deck load, and out into St. Joseph in distress. She arrived at Chicago on the 6th, with the Captain and crew of the CHAMPLAIN. The steamer GOV. MASON went ashore in a gale of the 1st, at the mouth of Muskegon river, a total wreck.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, May 13, 1840 p.3 col.1

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Champlain (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Mar 1840