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Governor Mason (Steamboat), aground, 1 May 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 SMITH 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

      The steamer CHAMPLAIN has gone ashore 4 miles south of St. Joseph high and dry. She is broke amidship. Several trunks belonging to passengers were lost overboard. The gale was blowing strong on Sunday night from the North-East; the time when the CHAMPLAIN went ashore. The schooner MINERVA SMITH was boxing about during the gale, she lost nearly all her deck load and put into St. Joseph in distress. She arrived this morning in port bringing the Captain and crew of the CHAMPLAIN.
There was a blow on the Eastern shore of the lake last Friday in which the GOV. MASON went ashore at the mouth of the Muskegon River, a total wreck. ---- Daily American.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1840

Steam paddle GOVERNOR MASON. Of 53 tons. Built Grand Rapids, Mich., 1837. First home port, Grand Rapids, Mich. DISPOSITION:-- Lost by stranding at the mouth of Grand River, Mich., May 3, 1840.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
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Governor Mason (Steamboat), aground, 1 May 1840