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D. C. Whitney (Propeller), U157075, aground, 22 Aug 1887


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Sand Beach.---The steamer D.C. WHITNEY, owned by david Whitney, of detroit, and valued at $100,000 is on the rocks and in great danger of going to pieces. She is laden with iron ore and bound from Ashland to Cleveland. While coming down Lake Huron with the schooner ASHLAND in tow, she got out of her course and brought up on Hardwood reef, about one mile this side of Port Hope. news of this disaster reached here at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, and the tug JOHN GREGORY with the life saving crew aboard at once started to the rescue. They found both vessels lying in four feet of water. The ASHLAND was released and towed here, she is but slightly damaged. The WHITNEY could not be released. She is on the rocks full one half of her length, and is pounding badly. Her forefoot has been twisted off and she is leaking so that her pumps are kept in constant motion. The wind is blowing hard from the Northwest and the sea is rising rapidly. Unless the storm moderates the chances are that the steamer will not last. She was built in 1882 and measures 1,013 tons.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Aug. 25, 1887 p.5


At Cleveland drydock since last report the steamer D.C.WHITNEY is in for repairs for damages caused by getting ashore, involving repairs to the amount of $4,500. She will get a new forefoot, calking all over, refastened throughout, new plank in bottom, new sides all around, of three inch pine. The WHITNEY is not strained as much as was supposed and will not take much repairs to make her as good as new.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 8, 1887 p.5


Cleveland.---The propeller D.C. WHITNEY, which was ashore on Port Hope reef, has completed her repairs at the Cleveland drydock and departed, in command of Captain David Ingram.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 15, 1887 p.1


Propeller D.C. WHITNEY of 1,013 tons, built 1882. Home port, Detroit and owned by Whitney. On August 22, 1887 vessel with a cargo of ore went ashore on Lake Huron. Property loss, hull $12,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Partial loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1887
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Local identifier:
McN.W.13525
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.94084 Longitude: -82.71271
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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D. C. Whitney (Propeller), U157075, aground, 22 Aug 1887