The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cumberland (Propeller), U125918, sunk, 27 Apr 1887

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Propeller CUMBERLAND, of 1280 Tons. Owned by Gilchrist, Home port, Vermillion. Built 1881 and classed A 1. During March 1887, vessel, with a cargo of wheat, sunk at Detroit. Vessel raised. Property loss, hull $2,000 cargo $60,000
      1887 Casualty List ( Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

The propeller CUMBERLAND which sank in Detroit harbor with a cargo of 70,000 bushels of wheat, has been raised and about 10,000 bushels found to be dry. This will be taken out into lighters, after which it is believed that in view of the cold weather, the remainder of the cargo will not swell enough to injure the vessel. The insurance on the cargo is found to be $57,800.
      The Marine Record
      March 3, 1887 p.1

NOTE:- it is obvious that the CUMBERLAND sank during February, and not March.

DETROIT.---The steambarge CUMBERLAND, with a cargo of 70,000 bushels of wheat in her hold, sprung a leak Friday night and sunk, the damage being caused by ice breaking one of the planks in her bow. She was raised and lies on an even keel at the foot of Chene Street. The CUMBERLAND is owned principally by Joseph Gilchrist, of Vermillion, Ohio, and is valued at $125,000.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, March 3, 1887 p.5

Steam screw CUMBERLAND. U. S. No. 125918. Of 1,601 tons gross; 1,280 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1881. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 251.5 x 38.3 x 19.7 Freight service. Crew of 15. Of 700 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $60,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Cumberland (Propeller), U125918, sunk, 27 Apr 1887