The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Geneva (Propeller), U85275, sunk, 1 Oct 1873

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Notwithstanding it was much doubted that any accident had befel the stmb. GENEVA, on the arrival of the INTER OCEAN at this port Friday intelligence has reached us from other sources which leaves no doubt that she has gone down in Lake Superior at a great depth, and beyond doubt is a total loss. The GENEVA came out new the present season. She was built at Cleveland for Hannah & Co., and commanded by Capt. Geo. McKay. She measured 741 tons burden, and was in every respect a staunch seagoing vessel. The cause of her sinking was the bursting of her stern pipe, and not steam pipe, as was previously stated. The crew were taken on board her consort, which soon after arrived at the Sault, from which point the dispatch in question emanated. The GENEVA was insured for $48,000 in different companies.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 26, 1873

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      The new steam barge GENEVA, has been sunk in Lake Superior.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 26, 1873

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      Steam-barge GENEVA, of 741 tons. Owned at Cleveland by Harmon & Co.. Bound from Marquette to Cleveland. Sunk by bursting of steam pipe, October 1873. Total loss. Loss to ship $70,000. Loss to cargo $50,000. Insurance on ship $60,000. Insurance on cargo $38,000.
      Casualties of the Great Lakes 1863 - 1873
      Report of the United States Coast Guard

Steam screw GENEVA. U. S. No. 85275. Of 741 tons. Built Cleveland 1873 by Quayle & Martin. 191.6 x 33.6 x 14.0. Lost Lake Superior, 1873.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.00011 Longitude: -76.98274
William R. McNeil
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Geneva (Propeller), U85275, sunk, 1 Oct 1873