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Albany (Propeller), aground, 24 Nov 1887

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Propeller ALBANY of 1,677 tons. Built 1884. Home port, Buffalo. Owned by the Western Transportation Co. and classed as A 2 and a half. On November 24, 1887, the vessel with a cargo of sundries went ashore in the Straits. Property loss, hull $15,000 cargo $60,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

The steamer ALBANY of the Western Transportation Co. is stranded on Bois Blanc Island but will be recovered.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 26, 1887

Cheboygan.---The propeller ALBANY is probably in worse shape than anticipated, fifteen feet of water being reported in her hold, and her corn cargo in her forward bulkhead is being pumped overboard as useless. Several thousand barrels of flour are already jettisoned besides a large quantity of pork and beef. In her present condition should a storm come up from the east, she would certainly become a total loss. The tug LEVIATHAN is now at work on her with a lighter and a large force, taking out the balance of her cargo. The propeller ALBANY has been in service but three years. She was built at Wyandotte in 1884. She is 267 feet long, 38 feet beam, and 14 feet molded depth of hold. She was built entirely of steel at a cost of $225,000 and had an A 1* rating in the Inland Lloyds. She left Chicago with a cargo made up as follows: 52,331 bushels of corn, owned by Fleming & Boyden and H.J. Coon & Co.; 3,950 barrels of flour, 395 barrels of cornmeal, 6,150 sacks of flour, 140 sacks of bran, and 50 tierces of lard, owned by various parties. The package freight is insured in the Anglo-Nevada and other companies, the risks on the grain being placed as follows: Commercial Union Assurance Company, $10,118; Boston Marine, $6,000; Marine Insurance Company of London, England, $10,000; total insurance on grain $26,118 The ALBANY was in command of Captain Frank Williams, one of the most experienced and careful navigators on the chain of lakes. He has been in the employ of the Western Transportation Company for twenty-five years, and this is the first accident that has befallen a vessel under his command. Owners feel sure that the vessel did not get on the rocks through any fault on the part of Captain Williams.
The ALBANY is still aground, with the tugs GLADIATOR, SWAIN, and LEVIATHAN working at her. They had her partly pumped out, but let her fill again anticipating a storm. It is thought most of her cargo will have to be taken out before she will float. A heavy westerly gale with driving snow is in progress, and work, on that account, will probably have to be abandoned, as she is somewhat exposed.--Later.--The ALBANY was released Sunday night. With the exception of a hole in her bottom forward, she is in good shape. Five pumps are on board. Her corn cargo is a total loss and all but 200 tons of flour was lost or damaged. Only 10,000 bushels of corn still remain in the hold. It will take her about four days to get in shape to go below.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec. 1, 1887 p. 5

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $60,000
Freight: sundries
Remarks: Got off
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William R. McNeil
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Albany (Propeller), aground, 24 Nov 1887